Hackers Try to Crack Smartphones
A report by the security firm McAfee says the number of
cyber attacks on smartphones increased dramatically in 2010.
According to the McAfee
Threats Report: Fourth Quarter 2010, new mobile
malware increased 46 percent in 2010 versus the year before. The company also
found 20 million new pieces of malware in 2010, equating to nearly 55,000 a
"Our Q4 Threats Report shows that cybercriminals are keeping tabs on
what’s popular, and what will have the biggest impact from the smallest effort," said
Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs, in a press release. "McAfee
Labs also sees the direct correlation between device popularity and cybercriminal
activity, a trend we expect to surge in 2011."
McAfee Labs is looking
for an increase in attacks on new mobile platforms seen as easy pickings by
cyber-criminals because of a "lack of security awareness
and mobile safeguards."
On the upside (sort of), spam accounted for 80 percent
of total emails in the fourth quarter of 2010, the lowest level since the first
quarter of 2007.
- McAfee Q4 Threat Report Identifies New Attacks on Mobile Devices; Malware
Growth at All-Time High – McAfee, Inc./Business Wire
Discussion Question: What will increased cyber-criminal activity mean for retailers operating mobile commerce platforms?