Social networks will be the “platforms of choice” for cybercriminals in the new year, according to anti-virus software maker, McAfee. The company said it believes the hackers and spammers will use more complex Trojans and botnets in order to attack.
The findings were published in its 2010 McAfee Labs Threat Predictions, a free whitepaper.
Some key points from the paper:
Facebook, Twitter, and third-party applications on these sites are rapidly changing the criminal toolkit, giving cybercriminals new technologies to work with and hot spots of activity that can be exploited. Users will become more vulnerable to attacks that blindly distribute rogue apps across their networks, and cybercriminals will take advantage of friends trusting friends to get users to click on links they might otherwise treat cautiously. The use of abbreviated URLs on sites like Twitter make it even easier for cybercriminals to mask and direct users to malicious Web sites.
…The technological advancements of HTML 5 will continue to shift user activity from desktop to online applications, creating yet another opportunity for malware writers to prey on users. HTML 5's anticipated cross-platform support also provides an additional motivation for attackers, enabling them to reach users of many mainstream browsers.