In 2012, FortiGuard Labs analyzed mobile botnets such as Zitmo and found they have many of the same features and functionality of traditional PC botnets. In 2013, Fortinet predicts that thanks to this feature parity between platforms, we'll begin to see new forms of Direct Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that will leverage both PC and mobile devices simultaneously. For example, an infected mobile device and PC will share the same command and control (C&C) server and attack protocol, and act on command at the same time, thus enhancing a botnet empire. What would once be two separate botnets running on the PC and a mobile operating system, such as Android, will now become one monolithic botnet operating over multiple types of endpoints.
Fortinet, a leader in high-performance network security, recently revealed FortiGuard Labs' 2013 threat predictions, highlighting six threats to watch out for next year. Expected trends include mobile advanced persistent threats, IPv6 safe havens and exploits through machine-to-machine communications.