Monday, December 22, 2008

Another Vendor Predicts Doom&Gloom for 2009

"The economy is on a downturn but the shadow Internet economy is booming. It's sad but true - cybercrime is on an upswing and will pose an ever-increasing threat to users in 2009. The cybercrime business demonstrated a huge growth rate in 2008, so what should be expected in the coming year? Magnus Kalkuhl, member of the Kaspersky Lab Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT), gives an insight into the cybercrime trends of 2009.

"Do you think you're safe as long as you don't open an unknown email attachment or visit a dubious website? Think again. Today's threats aren't just spread via email, guestbooks and message boards but also via social networking sites...

"The volume of malicious code and number of variants is exploding. Statistics demonstrate the increased threat: at the beginning of 2008, Kaspersky Lab was using around 500,000 signatures to detect malware. Within the next few weeks, this will be over 1,500,000 signatures, meaning that the number has tripled in less than a year - a trend which will become even more threatening in 2009."

More at TMCnet...

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