Online Crime Expected To Go Mobile In 2012

SANTA CLARA (KCBS) – More than likely, we’ll be seeing a rise in cybercrimes in 2012 especially so-called “hacktivism,” according to top Internet security experts in Silicon Valley.

In its “2012 Threat Predictions Report,” MacAfee Security divides Fortune 2,000 companies into two groups: those that know they’ve been hacked, and those that don’t know it yet. Dave Marcus of MacAfee Labs said that mobile devices are the biggest gateway for cyber crime.

“As more businesses are using mobile platforms, and as more people use mobile platforms, that’s where the bad guys go,” said Marcus.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

Attacks against Google’s Android operating system have been on the rise in recent months.

The Santa Clara anti-virus company also predicts an increase in groups of hackers – like Anonymous – becoming increasingly media-savvy, and attacking websites for social or political purposes, which is now known as hacktivism.

The report also said that an eventual cyber war between nations is “nearly inevitable,” with government sponsored hackers targeting computers and infrastructure.

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