2012 McAfee Threat Predictions: A look at the latest threats that could affect consumers this coming year

Each year, McAfee Labs™ looks at the trends that they’ve seen over the past 12 months to make predictions about the types of security threats they expect to see in 2012. While looking into the future can be hit or miss, looking at trends and motives can give us a good idea of what to look out for so we are not caught unprepared.

For the most part, 2012 looks like it will contain an elevation of many of the threats that we have recently seen gaining momentum. Here’s a look at some of the consumer-facing threats that you should be aware of as we head into the New Year:

1.     Disrupted utilities like water and power—You may remember earlier in the year when Southern California water systems hired a hacker to find vulnerabilities in its computer networks. The hacker had no trouble seizing control of their equipment and adding…

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