02 January 2012

Social networking sites vulnerable to attacks in 2012

Social networking sites will be most vulnerable to cybercriminal attacks across the world in the next year, says a report from Trend Micro, an anti-virus, anti-spam and Internet security vendor.

Social networking sites are ideal targets for online criminal activity because of the large number of users, and an apparent high-level of trust among them.

The report has come up with predictions covering four main categories — big IT trends; mobile landscape; threat landscape; and data leaks and breaches.

In the mobile landscape, smartphones and tablet platforms, especially Android, will suffer from more cybercriminal attacks.

Among big IT trends, the Bring-Your-Own-Device era is here to stay. As more and more corporate data is stored or accessed by devices that are not fully controlled by IT administrators, the likelihood of data loss directly attributable to the use of improperly secured personal devices will rise. Information Technology will definitely see such incidents in 2012.

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