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McAfee Reveals Top Ten Threats For 2007

McAfee believe they know what the Top Ten Threats for 2007 are, according to www.securitypronews.com

Here comes the list which allegedly can be found in a podcast at McAfee’s website (however it stalled my browser when trying to download it ….)

  • The number of password-stealing Web sites will increase using fake sign-in pages for popular online services such as eBay
  • The volume of spam, particularly bandwidth-eating image spam, will continue to increase
  • The popularity of video sharing on the Web makes it inevitable that hackers will target MPEG files as a means to distribute malicious code
  • Mobile phone attacks will become more prevalent as mobile devices become “smarter” and more connected
  • Adware will go mainstream following the increase in commercial Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs)
  • Identity theft and data loss will continue to be a public issue – at the root of these crimes is often computer theft, loss of back-ups and compromised information systems
  • The use of bots, computer programs that perform automated tasks, will increase as a tool favored by hackers
  • Parasitic malware, or viruses that modify existing files on a disk, will make a comeback
  • The number of rootkits on 32-bit platforms will increase, but protection and remediation capabilities will increase as well
  • Vulnerabilities will continue to cause concern fueled by the underground market for vulnerabilities

US Dept of Justice News: “Cybercrime becoming more organized” (CNET News / Reuters)

You would not have thought it, but the US Departement of Justice just became aware of cybercrime becoming more organized, as CNET News reports

However, its the old stories about ID theft and botnets, plus some speculation on “terrorists attacking infrastructure via the Internet. Nothing really newsworthy, just another “ceterum censeo” by the U.S. Department of Justice and its deputy chief of the computer crimes and intellectual-property section, Christopher Painter. Their motto, as usual: “If you have nothing to report you should still try to scare people”. And of course the news people will print it…