According to McAfee's 2012 Threat Predictions report, targeted attacks on centers of industry and on mobile devices will surge in the coming year.

"Specifically, many utility systems (i.e. water, electricity, oil and gas) don’t have stringent security practices," writes ZDNet's Rachel King. "McAfee predicts that cyber criminals will take advantage of this gap in 2012, possibly with blackmail or extortion included."

"Other major threat predictions include new hacktivist groups, spam exploiting virtual currency and digital wallets, the circulation of fake rogue certificates, and even cyber attacks against critical infrastructure between military and government organizations worldwide," King writes.

Go to "McAfee predicts more high-profile, targeted attacks in 2012" to read the details.

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