Threat Of Mobile Malware On The IncreaseFri 23 Dec, 2011 // Chris Allan
2011 has witnessed a massive rise in mobile targeted malware. The mobile market has dominated this year, with more smartphones now being sold than PCs. The omnipresence of these smartphones has resulted in a rise in the number of attacks aimed at smartphones as cybercriminals have acknowledged them as profitable targets for compromising user data.
In the third quarter of 2011, the vast majority of mobile malware was aimed at Android devices, which occupy a 52.5 percent share in the entire global smartphone market. Some attacks involved sending SMS Trojans to collect personal information with the aim of stealing money while others recorded phone conversations to obtain this personal information. There has been a heightened level of sophistication this year with regard to the hacktivist attacks. Now they not only target private individuals but also well-known commercial and government organisations.
Many information security organisations are now offering advice to help people and companies protect themselves from the said attacks. One key way of doing this is to set up a password or code to lock and unlock your smartphone. Pin numbers have been proven to be the best methods of protection. However, research has shown that the passwords in the Android devices are more likely to be guessed because hackers could easily follow “smudges” on their screens.
Employees and other individuals are also recommended not to share their “location” in an application which is GPS-enabled as knowing a person's exact whereabouts can be a huge security concern. This is particularly worrying with regard to child safety. Avoiding automatically uploading photos to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter is also encouraged.
The predictions for mobile malware in 2012 unfortunately foresee this trend continuing. Expectations state that next year the hacktivist attacks will focus on the Olympics as the major sporting event of 2012 and will also see increased attacks in the emailing and social media sphere. It will be essential to ensure that information security measures are implemented in devices which can access any organisation's data and information.
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