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The state of malicious internet activity

The effects of cybercrime are far reaching. It would be a difficult task to find someone who has never been affected by malicious internet activity, or who does not at the very least know someone who has been negatively impacted by cybercriminals. Advances in internet technology and services continue to open up innumerable opportunities for learning, networking and increasing productivity. However, malware authors, spammers and phishers are also rapidly adopting new and varied attack vectors. If the internet is to become a safer place, it is imperative to understand the trends and developments taking place in the internet threat landscape and maintain online security best practices.
In December 2008, Symantec researchers predicted a number of security trends to watch out for in 2009. Now that we are into the second half of the year, it's time to check in on those predictions to see not only how they have panned out, but also what other developments have occurred. What follows is an update on the predictions Symantec made late last year, as well as a few new trends that our analysts have seen develop in the first half of 2009.

Written by Zulfikar Ramzan07 Sept. 09 22:00