Mobile malware is on the rise and it could become a world wide threat soon
Security issues for mobile phones especially in the corporate world are concerning the security top officials at Symantec Yahoo and VeriSign. With an increase in mobile phone usage for sensitive data download and transfer, it is becoming a ripe platform for malware.
Those who work in the arena of cyber security are realizing the rising threats in the form of mobile malware. The chief trust officer at Box, a cloud based computing company, observed that, gains from new technologies are massive but such benefits also come with a cost, especially in the form of malware invading mobile devices. Several chief IT security officials are already recognizing the growing issue off malware spreading through mobile devices of corporate. As mobiles are gaining more foothold and are being used for transferring data, communication and for conducting transactions, this is the area which would be the focus of malicious individuals. Such a subject is becoming a grave concern for many.
Multiple attaches have taken place on iOS and Android devices last year, including secure, and non jailbroken iOS devices. As mobile phones have the user credentials inbuilt in many applications, are constantly connected to the internet as well as are used for authenticating out of band transactions, such devices are treasure troves of information which can be used easily and monitored by malicious individuals. Also, an infected phone is unnoticed and its infection is difficult to understand. Also, anti virus and malware protection for phones is low as compared to laptops and desktops. At the same time, malware for mobile devices is easy to develop. Hence, even untrained developers can easily exploit such a platform and gain access to mobile devices through internet connection. Education, awareness and increased antivirus and malware protection are the way to go for safe usage of mobile devices.