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.
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
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.