New Delhi: Social networking sites will be most vulnerable to cybercriminal attacks across the world in the next one year, says a report from Trend Micro.

Social networking sites are ideal target for online criminal activity because of a massive number of users and a high-level of trust among those users, the report said.

"Social networking to be the most vulnerable in 2012. In 2011 also most number of attacks was either on social networking websites or was through them, it clearly indicates that it is not going to be an easy year for the users of these websites," according to anti-virus and security and threat management solutions providers Trend Micro.

Besides, the report has come up with the predictions, which cover four main categories - big IT trends, mobile landscape, threat landscape, and data leaks and breaches.

"Users in 2012 will need to continue moving towards a more data-centric model for effective security and privacy as they embrace consumerisation, virtualisation, and the cloud," Trend Micro's chief technology officer, Raimund Genes, said.

In the mobile landscape, the report said that smartphone and tablet platforms, especially Android, will suffer from more cybercriminal attacks.

Among big IT trends, the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) era is here to stay. As more and more corporate data is stored or accessed by devices that are not fully controlled by IT administrators, the likelihood of data loss that are directly attributable to the use of improperly secured personal devices will rise. IT will definitely see incidents of this nature in 2012.

For data leaks and breaches, more hacker groups would pose a bigger threat to organisations that protect highly sensitive data.

"High-profile attacks will continue to hit major organisations in 2012. Important and critical company data will be extracted through malware infection and hacking. As a result, significant data loss incidents will ensue, potentially affecting thousands of users and their personal information," the report noted.