Mobile malware set to rise

By Derek Sooman on December 21, 2005, 4:59 AM
According to a study by McAfee Avert Labs, Mobile security malware will triple next year. Mobile devices (smartphones in particular) are set to really get more and more popular, and the study contends that there could be over 700 bits of malicious code for mobiles out there by the end of 2006. Currently, there are only some 226. Additional problems for Mobile users are expected, including phishing attacks and adware and spyware.

A key part of the problem, apparently, is the failure of mobile device users to perceive their smart phones and PDAs as equally vulnerable to their PCs

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Rage_3K_Moiz said:
It was but obvious. As PCs become more secure, hackers turn elsewhere to vent their frustration and anger. Mobile phones are the next best target due to their excellent inter-connectivity and relatively no form of virus protection. A virus can easily be spread in a matter of seconds.
smtkr said:
I wonder how many different operating systems exist on phones. It doesn't sound like this will run as wild as windows malware
mentaljedi said:
What these hackers pray every night is that Microsoft will realse an OS on phones.
PanicX said:
[b]Originally posted by mentaljedi:[/b][quote]What these hackers pray every night is that Microsoft will realse an OS on phones.[/quote]They've had one out for quite some time, Windows Mobile OS, and its actually quite nice compared to Palm OS.The problem with mobile phone virus's is actually getting a phone to execute code. Email is by far the most common virus proliferation method and most mobiles don't have it. The mobiles that do often don't support attachments, and those that do support attachments, the attachments need to be executable to the phone's OS and launched by the user.
Mictlantecuhtli said:
The more features phones (or should they be called PDAs now?) will get, the more chances for security holes.For example, some phones have BlueTooth support enabled by default, and at least earlier it was trivial to get phonebooks and other data from them without the owner noticing anything.
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