Social networks will be top malware target in 2010

McAfee Labs predict Facebook and Twitter users will be more vulnerable to attacks in the coming year

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Social networks will be top malware target in 2010 More cybercriminals are expected to target Facebook users in 2010. (Getty Images)
By  Vineetha Menon Published  December 31, 2009

Security specialists at McAfee are predicting that social networking sites will be the top target for cybercriminals in 2010.

The firm warns that users on Facebook and Twitter will be more vulnerable to attacks that involve the distribution of rogue third-party applications across networks. Users are more likely to click on links coming from trusted friends, which is exactly what cybercriminals are hoping to take advantage of.

Additionally, the use of abbreviated URLs on sites like Twitter make it even easier for cybercriminals to mask malicious websites.

The findings were revealed in McAfee's 2010 Threat Predictions report that also predicts the rise of attacks targeting Adobe products, especially two of the most widely deployed applications in the world - Acrobat Reader and Flash.  The firm is going as far as to say the Adobe product exploitation is expected to surpass that of Microsoft Office applications in coming year.

To read a spam and online security round-up of the year 2009, please click here.

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