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The IBM Internet Security Systems X-Force research and development team discovers, analyzes, monitors and records a wide array of computer security threats and vulnerabilities. According to X-Force observations, many new and surprising trends surfaced throughout 2008. The paper hopes that the information presented in this report about these trends will provide a foundation for planning one's information security efforts in 2009 and beyond. The security industry puts a lot of effort into the technical evaluation of security threats, examining, sometimes at great length, the potential threat that each issue might present to corporations and consumers. Criminal attackers out for profit, however, have considerations that the security industry does not always take into account, such as monetization cost and overall profitability.
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