4. Locally Owned Attacks
In 2009, information warfare will get taken up a few notches. The days when cybercriminals launched "spray and pray" attacks with millions of victims are fading in number. In fact, security company Fortinet reported a steady drop of monthly distributed malware in 2008.
Instead, criminals are consistently going for the biggest bang for the buck, launching premeditated attacks with specific objectives, Fortinet reports. And as competition increases, hackers will continue to do their homework in an effort to reach the largest possible number of victims. Consequently, users should anticipate seeing highly targeted, and convincing, cyberattacks launched with custom malware. This also means that there will be more attacks in local languages, instead of just grammatically incorrect English. There will also be more attacks capitalizing on a user's personal information or data specific to the user's company.