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Major Predictions of Malware Attacks

Online fraudsters were recording buyers' behavior their spending habits and trying to snatch personal identification and login information, since there was an increase of 24% in holiday spending, reported PC Tools' malware Research Center on January 9, 2007.

Vice President for Product Strategy, Michael Greene said that cyber crime was very high in 2006. The increase was more than 40% with major attempts in phishing, keylogging, and other direct methods to steal sensitive data from users.

In a press release Greene said 2007 is expected to have even more cyber attacks in a more sophisticated manner targeting legitimate sites. Users shall be directed to spoof websites for criminals to pursue information and money theft.

Among other forecasts Greene said malware will prevail by two times more in 2007 and financial motives will be the driving factor. malware writers will employ spurious spyware to attack innocent users.

Phishing, crimeware and spyware will be the key forms of malware attacks superseding viruses on the Internet. phishing will take critical shape among security threats.

Cyber criminals will emphasize more on "micro burst attacks" as opposed to broad-scale attacks. These will double the total number of affected computers. Thus security firms will actually need to attend to four fold or more threats. While security companies are already struggling to address current numbers of threats, this process will increase as threats pick up critical volumes. Greene warns that companies unequipped with automated solutions will simply crumble under these large scale threats.

As identity theft will increase it will have a major impact on Internet retailers. That will be so significant that a retail industry coalition will take form to address these threats.

There will be active exploitation of Microsoft's Vista operating system that will be known to fail in securing the desktop. Then Microsoft will have to give full kernel access to security vendors as hackers will have the ability to evade patchguards. With kernel access, criminals will have easy access to PCs.

Social networking sites and content sharing site will be other important attack vectors for malware authors. These sites will be compelled to allow free malware content during the next surge of security solutions.

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