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CA Internet security report forecasts top online threats for 2008

The latest Internet Security Outlook Report issued today by CA, Inc. forewarns that online gamers, social networks ...


January 9, 2008  


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The latest Internet Security Outlook Report issued today by CA, Inc. forewarns that online gamers, social networks and high-profile events such as the U.S. presidential election and the Beijing Olympics are among the top potential targets for online attacks in 2008.

The study, based on data compiled by CA’s Global Security Advisor researchers, features Internet security predictions for 2008 and also reports on trends from 2007.

“Cyber-criminals go where opportunity lies and take advantage of any and all vulnerabilities,” said Brian Grayek, vice president of product management for CA’s Internet security business unit.

“While security protection is becoming better at detecting malware, online thieves are getting smarter and stealthier in the way they attack our computers.”

CA’s online security predictions for 2008 include:

* The number of computers infected by botnets will increase sharply. In an effort to become harder to detect, bot-herders are changing their tactics and decentralizing via peer-to-peer architectures. They are increasingly using instant messaging as their main vehicle for spreading botnets.

* Smarter malware: There are new levels of sophistication in malware. Malware will target virtualized computers, and increasing use ofobfuscation techniques to hide in plain sight, including steganography and encryptions, will help criminals conceal their activities.

Social networking sites in the crosshairs: Social networking sites will become increasingly popular and, as a result, more vulnerable. The large number of aggregated potential victims and relatively small concern for computer security make these sites a windfall for cyber thieves.