[AI] Mobile Malware to Pose Significant Threat

Vikas Kapoor dl.vikas at gmail.com
Wed Aug 22 09:03:14 EDT 2007


Mobile Malware to Pose Significant Threat
Although concerns regarding handheld data security still trump fears of mobile viruses, security software vendors and researchers contend that greater numbers
of attacks are on the horizon.
Matt Hines, Infoworld

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 10:00 AM PDT

s of mobile viruses, security software vendors and researchers contend that greater numbers
of attacks are on the horizon.

Thus far, most malware programs targeting wireless devices have been proof-of-concept threats or have required large amounts of end-user interaction to
deliver their payloads, but experts contend that malware writers are unquestionably ramping up their efforts in the space.

As part of its semiannual Internet Security Report, published March 19, researchers at 
Symantec
 cited mobile threats -- specifically those that use wireless messaging systems to lure end-users to poisoned URLs -- as a growing concern for 2007.

In 2006, mobile threats of note included the Mobispy attack, the first known handheld spyware program tracked by security researchers.

According to anti-virus applications maker 
F-Secure
, there are already more than 370 different wireless threats in the air, including attacks that attempt to delete data stored on handhelds and even record
end-users' phone calls.

Over the next year, security vendors expect to see new threats aimed at wireless transactional systems and users of less sophisticated handheld hardware.

"As the addressable market for smartphones expands, there will be more attacks, as malware activity always moves to the areas of greatest impact," said

Jan Volzke
, head of marketing for mobile security at McAfee. "There will also be more viruses written to attack simpler, Java-based handhelds, as there are far more
of those devices in people's hands today."

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,136240-pg,1/article.html

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