Trusteer, a provider of cybercrime prevention solutions, released Tuesday what it predicts will be the five leading cybercrime trends in 2012 based on intelligence gathered by its research organization.

Prediction 1: 2012 will see new multipurpose multi-functional malware. Trusteer predicts malware, originally designed for one purpose, will evolve to pose a new threat with a malicious undertone. Non-financial viruses will morph to become financial malware and be used to commit online banking fraud. Conversely, existing financial malware will adopt features introduced in non-financial advanced persistent threat attacks. Over the next 12 months perimeters will face an onslaught from various sources, viruses going financial, APT style technologies in ZeuS code derivatives manipulated by new coders and in other commercially available malware kits.

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