Mobile attacks increase by almost 50% (more pie charts!)

Mobile attacks increase by almost 50% (more pie charts!)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.”

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.”

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 8, 2011 at 17:45

If those Anti-Virus companies were really interested in security...I mean REALLY, they'd refuse to cooperate with desktop Windows. They would also try and teach common sense classes, and good luck with that. The number one problem currently on mobiles are dodgy SMSs, but McAffee and consorts can't market a product that disables users' curiosity subroutine. So instead the market FEAR, while in the meantime their own sites get hacked and security companies' root certificates are found e.g. in Stuxnet and other attack code on 'enemy' nations...
If they wanted security they'd promote Linux and they'd teach MS how to not make it so darn easy for nasty-doers (though, hey, MS know what they are doing, eh? Nudge).
Instead they tell people, if you give us 50 bucks you can stay uninformed and sleep on ...
Rant over.

MrRatPants  Mar. 1, 2011 at 21:05

Interested in security? Of course they're not. Then they'd be out of a job. It's in their best interest that PC users continue to be turned into "**** enlargement" spam generating botnets.

Not that we need more of that... there are enough big dicks in the pc security world. ;)


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