According to the third quarter threat report from McAfee, the average daily malware growth has reached an all time high - 60,000 new malware items are identified each day. And cybercriminals are definitely doing their homework:
"Although attacks on social media, such as Koobface and AutoRun malware, seem to have leveled off, the attacks have not ended cybercriminal manipulation. Twitter, for example, provides an attacker with information on the most popular terms and trends being discussed. Shortened URL services hide website destinations, disguising malicious links targeted at users searching for these popular terms."
Highlights from the survey:
As PC World notes, holiday season means a spike in online shopping and cybercrime activity. Be extra vigilant in your online purchasing decisions and beware emails that attempt to sell you products online.