Meet the new year, same as the old year

Most of us are more than ready to put 2008 behind us, but predictions for information technology in the new year unfortunately are looking a lot like those from the old year, if not worse.

According to PandaLabs, the amount of malicious code detected between January and August 2008 equaled the amount detected in the past 17 years put together, and the situation is expected to get uglier in 2009. Trojans for stealing banking log-in credentials and fake antivirus software will be among the most common threats, the company said in a recent report, and SQL injection of malicious code into legitimate Web sites will continue to be a growing threat to surfers. And with the economy in the toilet, we can expect to see more fake job offers in our inboxes.

“Summing up, malware in 2009 is expected to grow and become more sophisticated and more difficult to detect,” said Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs. “There will also be an increase in Web-based attacks and attacks through social networks, which allow for more silent infections.”

Happy New Year.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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