FUTURE PREDICTION: Year 2007 to bring video viruses!!!

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  1. Kiran.dks

    Kiran.dks New Member

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    2007 to bring video viruses
    McAfee publishes 10 security predictions for next year

    Online criminals will continue to expand their arsenal of malware tools in 2007 to include emerging media such as video files and mobile phones, security firm McAfee predicted.

    The goal now is making money through data theft or adware. They write them for different reasons, to make money off it.

    Online criminals will develop malware for any application that attracts large numbers of consumers and, as a result, are likely to start creating movie Trojans.
    When a user opens such a file in their media player, the software will automatically start downloading and installing malware or adware. A first example of such an online threat was detected earlier this month in the Realor worm that targets the Real Player.

    Mobile phones too are expected to receive increased scrutiny from criminals. As the Symbian operating system is becoming the de facto standard for consumer smartphones and is reaching critical mass, the software becomes an attractive target for malware authors. Also, smartphones are starting more closely to resemble computers and consumers are getting used to installing and running software on the devices.

    Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system is notably absent from McAfee's list of security predictions for 2007. The software offers several technologies that prevent attacts that are common today. However, Marcus expects that it will take malware authors about nine months before they figure out ways to compromise the software's defences.

    Despite the onslaught of new security vulnerabilities, one should be optimistic about the overall state of computer security, pointing to advances in security software.

    It's not doomsday. The bad guys always do their best, but the [security] industry is also maturing.

    McAfee's complete list of predictions for next year:
    • The number of password-stealing websites 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.
    • 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 favoured 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.


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  2. Third Eye

    Third Eye gooby pls

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    Thanks for telling us dude !
     
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    Even, I could tell those! lol.
     
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    to-date the trend was towards generic malware attacks...
    in the future the focus will be more on specefic/targeted malware attacks !
     
  5. naveen_reloaded

    naveen_reloaded !! RecuZant By Birth !!

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    same here.
     
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    @thecyclone2k, ~Phenom~

    Good for you! ;-)
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    Welcome dude! :)
     
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    yeah those worrning are some what common and expected... nothing new and explosive are there... :)

    anyway looks to me good for mcfee / symantec / Kaspersky / etc... there business will increase... lol...
     
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    It's the fourth prediction that can hit our budgets very hard. I think it's going to be next hyped-attack:D
     
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    hmm...

    so i guess i would stick with my n3315 ?? :p
     
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    Thanks for the info.:D
     
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    Welcome guys! :)
     
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    :sad: It shouldn't be surprising. Considering the developments in the multimedia industry and it's dependency on the Internet, this was bound to happen.

    Well, There are guardians who will again come to the Rescue ....

    - :eek: Bhalu
     
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    wizrulz GUNNING DOWN TEAMS

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    Nothing for us to worry...it job of ANTI VIRUS makers job....we just haev to get the s/w to protect our computers :D
     
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