28 Dec 2010

Big buzz equals malware attacks for computer platforms

According to Venture Beat, the computing platforms that receive the most attention from the public in 2011 will also become targets for malware.

Researchers for an antivirus company said new threats will emerge on mobile devices in particular. The company predicts that Google’s Android operating system, Apple’s iPhone, the Mac OS X platform, foursquare and Google TV will all be targeted by cyber criminals. The company also expects politically motivated attacks to rise, with groups copying the denial of service methods of WikiLeaks advocates.

“We’ve seen significant advancements in device and social network adoption, placing a bull’s-eye on the platforms and services users are embracing the most,” said Vincent Weafer, the company’s senior vice president. “These platforms and services have become very popular in a short amount of time, and we’re already seeing a significant increase in vulnerabilities, attacks and data loss.”

Other reports have also suggested the Apple products will be targeted by cyber criminals. According to a report from another internet security company, the amount of Mac-based malware will grow along as long as Apple’s market share does as well.