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Blogs, ICQ and social networks will “live” in Runet yet

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It is expected that the war on cybercrime will be waged on new fronts in 2007. Computer security specialists of the company Trend Micro predict that cell phone users, IM services, bloggers and social media members will be targeted by hackers. "Hackers are becoming more sophisticated in their attacks, " states Dave Rand of Trend Micro. He explains it elementary: sabotage on the web is a lucrative business.
An example of a social networking vulnerability is the recent MySpace.com incident. By constructing a false login page, phishing scammers gathered a good crop of user logins-passwords, the same ones that were later partially published Social media is certainly a good place to exploit malware, Rand believes. IM services and Internet telephony services are also at risk, in his opinion. The same applies to the latest cell phones and laptops.
But Russian experts are more optimistic. These potential victims of cybercriminals in Runet will live on, they believe. "I wouldn’t expect a significant increase in threats along these lines in 2007, " said the RIA Novosti Alexander Gostev, a virus analyst at Kaspersky Lab. At the same time, he does not rule out that several virus epidemics will emerge with the spread of Trojan programs via ICQ. "But I don’t think it will take on a global scale, " Gostev added.
The expert advises bloggers not to upload suspicious files – even if the source that sent them is not suspicious. Mikhail Kondrashin, head of Trend Micro competence center in Russia, gives the same advice. He insists, however, that the risk of virus infection in blogs is quite high. "The fact is that traditional distribution channels are currently protected by various products, " explains Kondrashin. – Attackers are forced to look for other loopholes to their potential victims. Any popular online service can become such a loophole.
A Trend Micro spokesman thinks Internet users should be wary of "tempting offers" urging them to install a program. "This is the simplest attack scenario; others are possible, " he says.
As for cell phones, experts do not expect mass viral attacks in the near future. Viruses are mostly "tuned" for smartphones, and their popularity in our country is not yet very high, which reduces the interest of attackers.
Whatever the case may be, there are opinions that in some forecasts, experts are still not too thick in color. Elena Kolmanovskaya, editor-in-chief of Yandex, questions the sincerity of these predictions: "Companies specializing in Internet security love to make loud statements like ‘Be afraid, be afraid! – such bogeymen are a good advertisement for their business."

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