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Panda Software reveals its predictions for leading IT threats of 2006

The last 12 months have been notable for the absence of the kind of massive virus epidemics caused by malicious cod...


January 3, 2006  


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The last 12 months have been notable for the absence of the kind of massive virus epidemics caused by malicious code such as LoveLetter, Sasser or Blaster, says anti-virus vendor Panda Software.

But according to the company, on the other hand, for some months now there has been tremendous activity with respect to new threats, and it is fair to say that there has never been a greater probability of suffering an IT attack than there is at present.

“This situation is the result of a change in the motivation of the creators of Internet threats — whereas before personal glory was the driving force of cybercrime, today’s goal is simply money,” the company said today.

“With this in mind, it is likely that in 2006, threats designed to obtain financial returns will be the most prolific, and users should therefore payspecial attention to these kinds of threats.”

Such threats include:

* Backdoor Trojans: These allow backdoors to be opened in computers so that the system can be controlled remotely. This could allow, among other things, theft of confidential data, installation of malicious code or attacks on other computers.

* Keylogger Trojans: These can register the keystrokes made on a computer. They are frequently used to collect users’ bank details.

* Bot Trojans and worms, which allow other types of malware to be downloaded or can turn computers into spam-generating zombies.

* Spyware, generating financial returns through the sale of data about users’ Internet habits, and

* Phishing and pharming, two online fraud techniques becoming ever more widespread.

“The threats we will encounter are likely to be more sophisticated and complex than the current ones,” the company said.”This could be particularly relevant with respect to phishing, which, instead of relying solely on e-mail messages, will probably start using other malicious malware such as Trojans.”