What will be the cyber security threats in the year 2012

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the nation's leading public research universities and the home of groundbreaking cyber security research and academic initiatives through GTISC, GTRI and other facilities across campus. They have released the "Cyber Threats Forecast for 2012" recently.

According to the report the year ahead will feature new and increasingly sophisticated means to capture and exploit user data, as well as escalating battles over the control of online information that threatens to compromise content and erode public trust and privacy. They have sited some, specific threats to follow over the coming year include, among others:

Search Poisoning -- Attackers will increasingly use SEO techniques to optimize malicious links among search results, so that users are more likely to click on a URL because it ranks highly on Google or other search engines.

Mobile Web-based Attacks -- Expect increased attacks aimed specifically against mobile Web browsers as the tension between usability and security, along with device constraints (including small screen size), make it difficult to solve mobile Web browser security flaws.

Stolen Cyber Data Use for Marketing -- The market for stolen cyber data will continue to evolve as botnets capture private user information shared by social media platforms and sell it directly to legitimate business channels such as lead-generation and marketing.

The complete 2012 Cyber Threat Report is available at:

Well, it is really startling? isitn't?

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