Mobile malware attackers on the rise, reveals report

by CXOtoday News Desk    Aug 14, 2013

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A recent report published by Fortinet revealed that mobile malware is a serious threat to consumers, with a 30 percent increase in the last six months. The findings of the report are based on FortiGuard’s threat landscape research for the period of January 1 to July 31, 2013.

BYOD is the new rage and is mainly being actvely encouraged by companies because it helps with employee efficiency and work productivity. Axelle Apvrille, senior mobile anti-virus researcher for Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs says “Three years ago, mobile malware wasn’t much of a concern for users or businesses. Most malware at the time targeting smartphones and tablets were nothing more than annoyware such as the Cabir virus or scam software used to commit SMS fraud or replace icons.” However, with time, attackers have become smarter and issue is not going to get solved anytime soon. So, steps need to be taken to prevent malware attacking mobile devices.

The report shows that most malware since 2009, comes from Eastern Europe and China targeting Symbian OS, as iOS and Android mobile opearting systems. But in 2013 the scenario has changed. With the mass adoption of Google’s Android OS globally, there has been an avalanche of smartphones available in the market. The growing user base has encourage attackers to code malwares.With new applications available to extend device functionality, cybercriminals are using this platform as a new business opportunity.

Several attackers over the last few months, have attacked old vulerabilities and seeking out new ones. Recent breaches of security were discovered in Ruby on Rails, Java codes, Acrobat reader, Apache etc. These attacks can cause serious damage to systems with users downloading malware posing as technology solutions.