Trend Micro is the latest security vendor to release its predictions for 2011, saying unsurprisingly that more of the same is on the way, with social engineering, highly targeted attacks and use of the web as the primary channels for delivery.
The security vendor is predicting fewer attacks focused on planting malicious code onto legitimate web sites in 2011, and more malware email campaigns.
These typically use social engineering techniques, such as the WikiLeaks scandal seen earlier this week, to trick users into clicking on a link or attachment which triggers a malware download.
As with the Conficker and Zeus attacks, the downloader can randomly generate binaries to avoid detection, said Trend.
The use of toolkits bought on the black market to generate targeted malware attacks is also set to increase, and hackers will widen their nets to hit big name brands and even critical infrastructure firms.
As reported by V3.co.uk last week, Trend Micro is also warning of a surge in attacks targeted at cloud virtualisation infrastructures.
Cloud providers in particular will have to be on their guard to mitigate the myriad proof-of-concept attacks likely to be launched against their systems in 2011.
"Cloud computing is using open source operating systems and applications and, while the diversity of systems is making it more difficult for cyber criminals, we expect a rise in criminal activity across this area as well as the virtualisation space," said Trend Micro chief technology officer Raimund Genes.
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