The new year will usher in some interesting new changes in the world of malware and cyber-attacks, according to one company's predictions for 2010.

Watchful eyes will have to be kept on mobile phone apps, Google Wave accounts, file sharing and peer-to-peer networks -- cyber-criminals will target those in greater numbers, according to predictions released by Kaspersky Labs, a provider of Internet threat management solutions for combating malware.

As technology touches more lives, the bad guys will see more opportunities.

"Given the growing sophistication of threats -- it's no longer just an e-mail saying, 'Please click on this attachment,' and you get infected with something -- the schemes are much more elaborate than that," said Roel Schouwenberg, the company's senior malware researcher.

Released Dec. 16, the company's predictions and findings on 2010's greatest cyber-threats and new attack vectors may be a wake-up call for some.


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Hilton Collins is a former staff writer for Government Technology and Emergency Management magazines.