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New Malware Tactics, Targets Expected in 2010

Dec 31, 2009, 18:33 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Larry Barrett)

"New operating systems, social networking sites, and the emergence of the HTML 5 Web markup language will give hackers and malware designers even more opportunities to ply their crooked trade in 2010, according to security software vendor McAfee.

"In its "2010 Threat Predictions" report (available here in PDF format), McAfee (NYSE: MFE) researchers said that Adobe's Acrobat Reader and Flash applications will surpass Microsoft's Office applications as the code of choice for cyber criminals next year.

""Cybercriminals have long picked on Microsoft products due to their popularity," McAfee said in the report. "In 2010, we anticipate Adobe software, especially Acrobat Reader and Flash, will take the top spot."

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