McAfee: mobile banking a target in 2012

McAfee: mobile banking a target in 2012We’re well used to scaremongering from security types. It makes sense, I guess, a bit like a baker claiming that we’ll all die a horrible, lonely death if we don’t eat loads of bread. Or something.

Now, in its 2012 Threat Predictions report, McAfee warns that cyber baddies are eyeing up mobile banking.

The report explains: “During the last two years we’ve seen an increase in attacks on smartphones and mobile devices. We’ve run across rootkits, botnets, and other malware. Attackers have moved on from simple destructive malware to spyware and malware that makes them money.

“We’ve seen them exploit vulnerabilities to bypass system protections and gain greater control over mobile devices. In 2012 we expect to see attackers continue what they’ve done and to improve upon their attacks. We also predict a move toward mobile-banking attacks.”

The report doesn’t specifically mention Android in the mobile banking threat context, but we figure that kinda goes without saying.

McAfee explains that criminals who target PC-based online banking use advanced techniques to make the transactions appear as though they’ve been initiated by “a real human”. I’m scared.

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