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Flash and Reader expected to be big targets

With more and more people conducting transactions and spending ever increasing amounts of time on the computer, hackers are increasingly targeting software and other computer services as a way to steal information and other nefarious tasks. The security community is working as hard as hacker groups to prevent attacks from compromising the computers of users around the globe.

Security firm McAfee has announced its 2010 Threat Predictions report. According to the report, in 2010 Adobe will surpass Microsoft as a target for hackers. Hackers traditionally target Microsoft software products like Office more heavily than applications and software from other vendors.

McAfee figures that the popularity of Adobe products like Flash and Reader, two of the most distributed applications in the world, will lead hackers to target Adobe applications more in 2010. McAfee reports, "Adobe product exploitation will likely surpass that of Microsoft Office applications in 2010."

Hackers will also step up attacks on social networking sites in 2010 believes McAfee as well as stepping up attacks on third party applications in general. Hackers are expected to take advantage of HTML 5 to create Trojans and botnets that are cross browser capable.

McAfee's Jeff Green said, "We're now facing emerging threats from the explosive growth of social networking sites, the exploitation of popular applications, and more advanced techniques used by cybercriminals, but we're confident that 2010 will be a successful year for the cybersecurity community."

Most attacks on social networking sites are expected to come in the form of rogue apps that are distributed across the network and use the names on a users friends list to trick them into clicking links they might not click otherwise. McAfee believes that cyber criminals will also begin using botnets that adopt a per-to-peer control scheme that are more distributed and resilient to techniques used against today's botnets by security firms.

Adobe software has already been targeted by hackers this year. In February a flaw in Adobe Flash was exploited allowing ads on eWeek to infect the computer of users.



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RE: In other news...
By TheEinstein on 1/2/2010 1:33:20 PM , Rating: 2
Oh crap Norton! *runs*

*shivering*

Back when I was a Windows Tech for Dell Computers, and the 100 gigabyte hard-drives just came out, a woman called in for help. She complained she could not install anything, her computer was slow as all could be, and she just got it.

I asked here what installs she had done. She had downloaded a torrent type program and had obtained 5 songs. Nothing else she insisted.

I directed her to tell me information. "Hard drive at 99% of capacity". Interesting "Folder Program files: 95 gigabytes". Very interesting. "Norton Antivirus: 85 gigabytes". *coffee spew*... wait the exe? "Yes the exe".

I had two companies I hated with a passion during my year of teching... AOL (may they burn in a special level of hell for AOL 9.0) and Norton (May they be forced to live in all levels of hell for claiming to do what they do not do, and doing what they claim they do not do!).

Norton... killed my Office experience for a while, until I found it was the problem.

Norton... killed my online gaming experience til I found it was the problem.

Norton... killed my computer by not finding the problem until it was to late.

Now I just go and search my computer and clean it myself. I check my .dll's, my start up, my registry, anything I can do by myself I do indeed do by myself...


RE: In other news...
By eddieroolz on 1/3/2010 12:44:48 AM , Rating: 2
Norton used to update every week back in the days of Norton 2004/2005. A whole freaking week being exposed to zero-day attacks.

When it updated, it made my computer run slower than a Pentium 2 and choked my broadband connection for about an hour. No clue why, but since then I vowed never to touch Norton even with a 100-mile pole.


RE: In other news...
By exanimas on 1/3/2010 12:09:28 PM , Rating: 2
Have you tried the newer versions of Norton? They uninstall in less than a minute. They're awesome!

On a more serious note, the newer versions seems to be nowhere near as bad as the ones from a few years ago, however, in my time as a tech I can't even remember how many times using the Norton Removal Tool (my favorite Symantec product) re-enabled someone's computer to access the internet. I guess their logic is that if you can't get online, nothing gets in!


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