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.
While smartphone threats are clearly on the rise, we've yet to see a major incident. Part of the reason is platform fragmentation. Malware creators still get more bang for their buck by targeting Windows PCs or websites. Larsen of Blue Coat believes that platform-agnostic, web-based worms represent the new frontier of malware. Platform-agnostic malware lets legitimate developers do some of the heavy lifting for malware writers. As developers re-engineer websites and apps to work on a variety of devices, hackers can then target the commonalities.