Security guys McAfee have released a report showing that mobile cybercrime has seen a sharp increase, with 46% more attacks in 2010 compared to the previous year. There were 704 threats in 2009, rising to 967 in space year 2010.
McAfee explained: "As more users access the internet from an ever-expanding pool of devices - computer, tablet, smartphone or internet TV - web-based threats will continue to grow in size and sophistication." Makes sense, really.
The report adds: “This quarter presented some of the most interesting changes of the year. In the past three months we saw the lowest spam volumes since 2007, but at the same time we identified attacks on new devices such as smartphones using the Android operating system. Mobile malware and threats have been around for years, but we must now accept them as part of the mobile landscape, both in awareness and deployment.”
I knew I was receiving less Viagra emails in my SPAM folder.
In the grand scheme of things, Adobe has shoved Microsoft aside, and now sits top of the league in terms of attack routes. PDF documents are increasingly supported by mobile phones, making them a popular vehicle for bad guys when distributing malware.
According to research peeps, Canalys, Android surpassed Nokia at the tail of 2010 as the most popular smartphone platform, making it another obvious target. Recent reports have called the safety of the Android Market Web Store into question, however Symbian remained the firm favourite platform with attackers throughout 2009 and 2010.
McAfee suggests that while mobile threats are still relatively low compared to those aimed at PCs, cyber douchebags are “keeping tabs on what’s popular and what will have the biggest impact from the smallest effort.”