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Mon 1 Jan 2007 03:06 PM

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Channel on high alert

Security resellers warned to expect a challenging year following vendor report into growing level of web threats

The Middle East security channel is bracing itself for a busy year ahead following antivirus software vendor Trend Micro's latest research into web threats.

The company claims that 2007 will herald a further increase in the volume of web threats - which use the internet to perform malicious and often self-perpetuating activities - with social networking sites expected to be a major target.

Owing to increased bandwidth in many countries, the downloading of media files and other data types is becoming more common. Malicious attackers are increasingly using public sites to hide their malware, with unsuspecting users then downloading infected files.

According to Trend Micro, the days of large virus outbreaks disappeared last year and have now been replaced by small-targeted attacks focused on specific users or particular organisations. "The unseen web threat is maturing and users should be evermore careful about what they download and install, as blended threats are more cunning in their attempt to steal corporate and personal data or money," said Jamz Yaneza, senior threat research analyst.

Web-based threats have increased by 15% worldwide during the past year, accounting for more than half a million reports during 2006. Digital threats, meanwhile, have more than doubled in the past year.

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