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PandaLabs Forecasts Adobe, Java Flaws as Cyber-criminals’ Chief Targets during 2013

PandaLabs recently published a list of e-threats it thinks will be most dangerous across the Web during 2013, highlighting security flaws within Adobe and Java applications as the first among them.

The company perceives both intelligence agencies and cyber-criminals as preferring to contaminate PCs with malware through the exploitation of software flaws.

This year (2012), attackers compromised Java again-and-again for contaminating innumerable PCs and they used the Acrobat and Flash products of Adobe as the next most prevalent medium to inject malware because of its several vulnerabilities.

Remarking about the above interesting forecast, Technical Director Luis Corrons from PandaLabs stated that even though home-users were thought as vulnerable to the maximum extent, it was important to remember that making software up-to-date that was necessary to deter the above attacks was one extremely complicated procedure within organizations that required coordinated updating of all PCs. Simultaneously, it was necessary for making sure that every software worked with within an organization performed right. Consequently, the process for updating applications became slow that created an opportunity for information theft or execution of targeted assaults for hunting confidential data, Corrons explained. Press.pandasecurity.com published this dated December 18, 2012.

Moreover, PandaLabs' indicates that there'll be a continuous increase in malicious software for Apple's Mac PCs despite a relatively low count of malware samples targeting Mac as opposed to malicious programs intended for computers overall. Notably, when during 2012, Flashback malware was discovered targeting Mac, it implied that Mac as well was malware vulnerable. Meanwhile, as Mac-users keeps increasing along with increased security flaws coupled with little user-awareness it shows that cyber-criminals' preference for this platform is set to keep growing during 2013.

Additionally according to PandaLabs, there'll be fresh strains of malware created for Windows 8 too in line with its predecessors.

Eventually, there maybe growth in citizen-led cyber-war, says PandaLabs, with the general public acting against identified assaults targeting their own countries. In 2012, the maximum cyber-warfare waged on any region has been the Middle East. Contextually, as governments of nations hire "cyber commandos" for self-defense as also to deliberately attack others, there'll be heightened "cyber-arms competition," says PandaLabs.

Related article: PandaLabs Discusses A Trojan and Two Worms in its Weekly Malware Report

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