Mobile Devices Deluged By Security Threats

Mobile Devices Deluged By Security Threats

Mobile Devices Deluged By Security Threats

Wi-Fi WorriesHackers are using Wi-Fi to attack mobile devices with apps that let attackers log onto victim email and social networking sites.
Mobile devices face a record number of security threats, according to Juniper Networks. The Malicious Mobile Threats Report 2010/2011 finds a 400% increase in Android malware and a spike in highly-targeted Wi-Fi attacks, meaning enterprises and SMBs alike need to take mobile threats seriously. “The last 18 months have produced a barrage of threat events, and while most had been aimed at desktop computers, hackers are setting their sights on mobile devices,” says Jeff Wilson, principle analyst, Security, at Infonetics Research. “Operating system consolidation and the massive and growing installed base of powerful mobile devices is tempting profit-motivated hackers to target these devices,” A recent survey of large businesses found that 40% consider smartphones their most dangerous security risk. Adds Dan Hoffman, Juniper’s chief mobile security evangelist, “Both enterprises and consumers alike need to be aware of the growing risks associated with the convenience of having the Internet in the palm of your hand.”

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