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The LA Times is reporting on McAfee which is forecasting that social media platforms, mobile devices and Apple products will be the focus of cybercriminals in 2011. Next to Connected TVs, platforms like Google TV are a target.
The annual McAfee Threat Predictions report released Tuesday reports that "location-based services such as Foursquare, as well as popular social media sites like Twitter and URL-shortening websites, will be targeted by online thieves and hackers". URL-shortening services will be at the forefront of cybercrime activity, the report said.
Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs, said:
"We've seen significant advancements in device and social network adoption, placing a bulls-eye on the platforms and services users are embracing the most. These platforms and services have become very popular in a short amount of time, and we're already seeing a significant increase in vulnerabilities, attacks and data loss."
Researchers feel that malicious apps and Botnets will cater to the needs of cyber criminals to get what they aim. While the malicious apps will depict privacy data over platform, the Botnets will probably manipulate physical devices using compromised apps, controlling the devices.
The report from McAfee Labs researchers rendered an austere image for Apple products which had not been under malware threat recently but parts a genuine warning to the firm on the same.