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Trusteer Predicts 2013 Malware Trends

A fascinating info-graphic, which Trusteer the security company recently published enumerates the style in which malware will be found during 2013. Accordingly, there'll be a rise in malicious programs, particularly ZeuS and Citadel aiming attack on the Chrome Web-browser of Google. As it can no longer be said that Chrome will be unaffected from man-in-the-browser assaults, the said malicious programs will possibly keep on attacking the widely-used software, cautions Trusteer.

Trusteer further cautions that 2013 may as well witness malware for 64-bit Windows. The concluding year (2012) has seen the development of financial malware targeting 64-bit Windows application. Now, 32-bit malicious software encounters constraints while being executed on 64-bit computers. The reason: its inability to perceive else break into the processes of 64-bit computers the malware relies on for bypassing detection. But, as the malicious programs begin adapting to 64-bit processes; it'll yet again become hard for spotting them on 64-bit systems.

Moreover, during 2012, cyber criminals introduced financial as well as non-financial oriented malicious software. These could identify sandboxing, debugging, virtualization along with monitoring processes that featured within the host PC. One lately-discovered Shylock malware, say, won't get planted when it manages to find any Remote Desktop activity, possibly for evading security identification within an experimental ambience.

However, this can be dangerous as the malicious software's abilities pose grave risk to identification and safety solutions on virtual machines because the software items will look innocuous to the protection products.

One more prediction Trusteer makes for 2013 is that there'll occur an enormous growth in fresh as well as customized malware. During 2011 and 2012 there were three and five fresh financial malware groups, respectively and it's forecasted that 2013 will witness approximately eight such fresh groups. If financial malware groups keep increasing then the number of infections will also rise; become even longer to identify; and hence there'll be increasing financial frauds, the security company warns.

Lastly, the life-span of malicious programs is speeding up, writes Trusteer. As there's constant enhancement of security software, cyber-criminals are concentrating on lowering the life-cycle hitherto found in the development as also explosion periods of malware, it concludes.

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