The company anticipates hackers will find even more malicious ways to exploit geolocation in malware next year.
security specialist WatchGuard announced its top security predictions for 2012,
including a major breach of a top cloud provider, the rise of advanced malware
attacks through virtual systems and mobile applications, and an increased
reliance on virtualization, which will reawaken a need for virtual security.
suspects that malware will increasingly leverage geolocation to customize
attacks, thus increasing its money-making potential. A simple technique already
in use is to forward victims in specific locales to targeted fraud sites that
work best in that region. The company anticipates hackers will find even more
malicious ways to exploit geolocation in malware next year.
report also predicts new Web technologies such as HTML5 will fuel the growth
for next year's Web application attacks. Like the Web technologies that came
before it, HTML5 is generally secure, and it introduces some security benefits
that could help developers avoid common Web application pitfalls.
However, the report cautions that the security of HTML5 applications is
dependent on the skill and care with which the developers create them.
is new and complex. Developers are still getting comfortable with it, which
means they are likely to make programming mistakes that could translate into
web vulnerabilities," the report warns. "For this reason, WatchGuard
predicts that the increased usage of HTML5 will heavily contribute to web
applications attacks next year."
years ago, WatchGuard predicted that social networks would be a dangerous
playground for attackers. Last year, the company predicted that Facebook links
would take over where malicious email attachments left off. It also said to
expect to see more Facebook security updates next year. In fact, in 2012 WatchGuard
forecasts Facebook-based attacks will increase and Facebook will be forced to
"sit up and take notice." Specifically, Facebook will implement new
security solutions on its site to avoid losing fed-up users.
2012, WatchGuard forecasts that the mobile threat will continue to grow, but
with a more specific source-app stores and marketplaces. To avoid mobile
malware, the company recommends taking caution of what is downloaded from an
app marketplace, and verify that the associated vendor does a solid job
2011 attackers focused most of their malware delivery efforts on infecting
various smartphone providers' application delivery systems, like Google's App
Marketplace or Apple's App Store. They have been more successful at infecting
some app stores than others, but have proved that all application repositories
can be fallible, the report noted.
stands to be a dynamic year for network security as criminals and hackers take
threats to new levels," said Eric Aarrestad, vice president at WatchGuard
Technologies. "Given how new threats are constantly evolving, WatchGuard
remains ever vigilant in staying one step ahead of these threats, which gives
our customers unparalleled protection for their networks, applications and data."