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Mobile devices infected with malware

Anuradha Shukla | July 24, 2013
Findings from the Kindsight Security Labs Malware Quarterly Report.

More than 0.5 percent of mobile devices were infected with malware, according to the newly released Kindsight Security Labs Malware Quarterly Report.

About 10 percent of home networks were also infected with malware and both these figures represent increases from the previous quarter. This data shows an increase in security threats to fixed and mobile broadband networks due to growth in global consumer usage.

Apparently, hackers gain access to devices for corporate espionage and use personal information of users for advertising scams and fraudulent banking.

These hackers should be checked as 6 percent of home networks exhibited high-level threats that infect computers, computer programs and applications running on computers.

The most common malware threat was identified as the ZeroAccess botnet, which infected 0.8 percent of broadband users.

Growth in mobile malware

The newly released Kindsight Security Labs Malware Quarterly Report also indicates that mobile malware continues to grow with a six-fold increase in the number of Android malware samples.

The rise of mobile spyware is now a threat to the BYOD (bring your own device) trend in workplaces.

A smartphone can become a cyber-espionage device as, from a remote web based command centre, the attacker can track the phone’s location, download contact lists and personal information, and record conversations.

Although one in 200 mobile devices are infected with malware, owners seldom take the required security precautions to avoid these dreaded attacks.

“Users often don’t take the appropriate security precautions for their mobile devices, and even when they do, a malicious app can easily evade detection by device-based anti-virus,” said Kevin McNamee, security architect and director of Alcatel-Lucent’s Kindsight Security Labs.

 

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