3. Malware Writers Go Social
The popularity of social networking sites has not gone unnoticed by malware writers. Increasingly, users are taking advantage of Web 2.0 sites like Facebook and LinkedIn for much of their online communication with work colleagues, and friends and family. As a result, experts say that attackers will be leveraging that trend with attacks that impersonate social networking sites or spoofing contacts from users' friends list, banking on the fact that users will be more likely to click on a message that they think is coming from someone they know.
"The fact that there is a certain level of trust associated with social relationships is something that attackers are going to start exploiting in great detail," Ramzan said. "We're going to see an uptick in that area."