CUPERTINO, Calif., March 23 (UPI) -- A report released by U.S. company Trend Micro said that in 2008, Internet-based criminal activity increased with exploits that moved at unprecedented speeds.
Trend Micro recently released its Threat Roundup and 2009 Forecast for cybercrime. The report said that information technology security-architecture exploits in 2008 disseminated dangerous malware with increased speed.
Cyber threats grew, according to the report, as an increasing number of Internet users utilized Web-based services. The so-called computing-cloud threats are capable of disseminating computer viruses that often steal sensitive information from companies and individuals.
Despite the growing cyber threat and level of malware sophistication, the Trend Micro forecast for 2009 said there could be an "increasing cooperation among security vendors and law enforcement agencies to bring down criminal enterprises," a news release said.