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:
It's enough to give you the heebie jeebies and should serve as a reminder to surf safely and use your gear intelligently (don't download Android apps from an untrusted source, for example). On a related note, be sure to check out our "Choose Your Defender! 10 Anti-Virus Programs Reviewed and Compared" feature.