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Fortinet reveals 2012 threat predictions

The Channel Post Staff
Fortinet, a network security provider and the worldwide leader of unified threat management (UTM) solutions - revealed FortiGuard Labs' 2012 threat predictions, highlighting eight threats to watch out for next year. Top 8 Security Predictions for 2012: Ransomware to Take Mobile Devices Hostage, "Ransomware," an infection that holds a device "hostage" until a "ransom" payment is delivered, has been around on PCs for years. Mobile malware that utilize exploits have also been observed, along with social engineering tricks that lead to root access on the infected device. With root access comes more control and elevated privileges, suitable for the likes of ransomware. FortiGuard predicts we'll see the first instances of ransomware on a mobile device in the coming year.
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