With 15 percent or so of the world's computers already botnet-infected -- up 50 percent over the past year -- GTISC views the threat not only as the fastest-spreading, but also as the attack tool with the largest potential to widen its targets.
Specifically, GTISC warns, botnets targeting cellphones and, once the phones are compromised targeting the larger cellular network, looms as a major security challenge -- and a potentially devastating economic attack vector.
VOIP networks are another attractive target, the report warns: the crooks' goal would be to threaten a denial of service attack and reap blackmail money from the network operators.
If GTISC's accuracy average is even roughly equivalent to Georgia Tech's current football standings (5-1; 4-0 at home) we're in for a scary year ahead.
Read the entire GTISC report here.