Posted by: David Harley | February 17, 2010

Smart Phone Hacker Threat

Not a Mac/Apple item at all (even the iPhone isn’t mentioned), but since this seems to have been more of a smartphone security blog than anything else in the last week or two, I thought you might be interested anyway in this item from the Mobile World Congress, which I have mentioned here a time or two before.

It appears that both Mikko Hypponen (F-Secure) and Eugene Kaspersky (Kaspersky Lab) are expecting a significant upturn in smartphone malware as cellphone threats become more industrialized.

And since I’ve mentioned not one but two competitors, I may as well mention my colleague Randy Abrams’ blog from last week regarding a survey commissioned by ESET asking smartphone users their views about mobile security.

While the statistics (or rather, what they tell us about security practice among smartphone users) are interesting (and slightly discomforting) in their own right, the item that amused me was this:

“One important consideration, none of the iPhone users should have reported that they are using antivirus as Apple will not approve such software for the iPhone, even though Apple has had to pull spyware off of their app store. Still, 41% of iPhone users reported being concerned about mobile malware and 1 in four iPhone users reported that they are running mobile antivirus! These users may be confusing anti-phishing software with antivirus.”

Still, I apparently belong to a nation that in inadvertently flushed 850,000 cell phones down the toilet in 2007, so I guess I can’t afford to laugh too loud.

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  1. […] with success behind the sofa In an earlier blog  I quoted a statistic that Randy Abrams quoted, to the effect that I apparently belong to a nation […]

  2. I want mobile antivirus

    • Could you be a little more specific?

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