Tis the season for many things, like spreading holiday cheer, grabbing swank electronics gear on sale, and watching holiday classics like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story (funny movies no matter which, if any, holiday you celebrate this time of year). It’s also the season for making lists. Fortinet, a Sunnyvale-based firm specializing in network security appliances, sent us a list of its Top 8 Security Predictions for 2012.
There’s reason to pay attention. Big botnets, 64-bit TDSS rootkits, leaked source code for the Zeus and SpyEye botnets, and anonymous hactivists declaring war on everyone are some of the events Fortinet predicted in last year’s “Top 5 Security Predictions for 2011.” So what do you need to look out for in 2012? Straight from the horse’s mouth, here’s Fortinet’s new list in its entirety, a week before it’s scheduled to hit the news wire:
1. Ransomware to Take Mobile Devices Hostage
Over the past few years, FortiGuard Labs has witnessed the evolution and success of “ransomware” (an infection that holds a device “hostage” until a “ransom” payment is delivered) on the PC. Mobile malware that utilize exploits have also been observed, along with social engineering tricks that lead to root access on the infected device. With root access comes more control and elevated privileges, suitable for the likes of ransomware. FortiGuard predicts the team will see the first instances of ransomware on a mobile device in the coming year.