Based on a report by McAfee, Google Chrome OS will be targeted by hackers in 2010 -- mainly due to the rise in popularity of HTML 5.
With the technological advances brought on by HTML 5, the web will undergo a dramatic upgrade that will change the way web application developers and hackers are able to interact with their “target market.” HTML 5 holds all the promises that today’s web community seeks—primarily blurring and removing the lines between a web application and a desktop application. HTML 5–based attacks will become even more tempting once the Google Chrome Operating System is released. (It’s scheduled for second half of 2010.) Google Chrome OS is intended for use with netbooks, and HTML5 enables not only a rich Internet experience, but also offline applications. Another motivation for attackers is HTML 5’s anticipated cross-platform support, which will allow attackers to eventually reach users of many mainstream browsers.
If Google has it their way though -- security on Chrome OS should be almost bullet proof due to it's sandbox environment, and the fact that there is absolutely nothing stored on the local machine. Even if a hacker did manage to install something in the kernel, Google says it will automatically re-image the device if something seems amiss upon reboot.
It will be interesting to see what type of attacks are launched for Chrome OS -- any ideas?