4. Search engine manipulation will continue to drive malware
Search engine manipulation is a method cybercriminals use to exploit search engine algorithms to position hacked sites higher in the results. It provides an easy way to drive users to malicious sites, particularly bait pages that offer fake antivirus, fake video codecs or other 'warez' (most commonly pirated software, games, music or other products). Malware spread through search engines is expected to increase in 2010 due to the high degree of trust users place on search engines, as well as the relative ease with which results can be manipulated.
Blue Coat Systems has released a comprehensive list review of security for 2009, and included in the mix are its predictions for the biggest security threats for the coming year.
Among the more notable trends Blue Coat cites:
As e-mail continues to get more secure, the bad guys will shift increasingly to social media and even smartphones as their attack vectors of choice.
Multi-relay attacks will continue to grow in prevalence.
Mobile workers will still be the most vulnerable to attack.
Click through this slideshow for even more information on Blue Coat's predictions for 2010.