The future of malware
Mobile and social media threats join the pack
By Jeff Vance | Network World US | Published: 10:31, 05 October 11
It seems like there's a new data breach every day. And, the experts say, it's only going to get worse as hackers come up with new ways of getting their hands on our personal information. Here's a look at how malware is expected to evolve.
Chris Larsen, head of Blue Coat Systems' research lab, says the most common social engineering attack their lab catches is for fake security products. He also explained that social networks aren't just being used to target individuals. Larsen outlined a recent attack attempt where the bad guys targeted executives of a major corporation through their spouses. The logic was that at least one executive would have a poorly secured PC at home shared with a non-tech savvy spouse, which would then provide the backdoor needed to compromise the executive and gain access into the target company.