29 December 2010 – McAfee Inc., the world’s largest technology security company just released its Threat Predictions Report for 2011. It seems cybercriminals are changing their focus from emails.
The report states that there will be a marked difference in the threat landscape. Although Apple products have been relatively free of botnets and Trojans in the past, they will be a common occurrence in 2011. With over 50 million iPhones sold and approximately 5 million iPad (with another 65 million iPad 2 on their way in 2011), things are going to get ugly for a lot of people.
Other smart phone mobile device platforms will be targeted as well for the simple reason that sales are skyrocketing and the fact that prevention solutions are not in place. Basically, it is open territory for cyber criminal to exploit security vulnerabilities. Apps from unsupervised markets will be a problem for users as malicious applications will allow access to personal data. This affects Google’s Android, amongst many others.
There will also be a continued focus on social media networks such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, as they are quickly becoming the new preference in communicating rather than email. McAfee expects the trend toward application-controlled botnets to continue into 2011 as social media apps become the norm. It is estimated that 50% of all social media activity is done via mobile phone. The McAfee rightfully suggests that mobile botnets may very well be controlled via downloaded apps. Users, brace your selves. We’re in for a ride into unknown territory in 2011.