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2/11/2008
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Keith Ferrell
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Malware Getting Worse: 11 Trends To Watch

Half a million malwares (and then some) and counting -- that's McAfee Avert Labs' prediction for this year. That's a more than 50 percent jump over '07, and the scarier thing is that the prediction may be conservative.

Half a million malwares (and then some) and counting -- that's McAfee Avert Labs' prediction for this year. That's a more than 50 percent jump over '07, and the scarier thing is that the prediction may be conservative.This Mcafee Avert Labs malware predictions report gives a good sense of what we're facing -- faster development of new threats, evolution of old threats, use of our tools -- search engines, social networks -- against us.

Over at Informationweek Thomas Claburn takes a detailed -- and scarily playful -- look at the emerging names for 11 emerging and evolving threats: badvertisements and adsploits, whaling (phishing for BIG phish) and more.

Malware by any other name is still malware, and it's good advice for you and your employees to take a look at what's coming in order to know what to (try to) avoid.

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