and other nefarious types have always gone after systems that attract the most
users (i.e. Windows for PCs). With the huge increase in the number of users
that have smartphones around the world, mobile threats are becoming
Reuters reports that last year the number of threats
aimed at mobile phones grew significantly. Security firm McAfee said
that the number of new malware threats for mobile devices in 2010 that were
discovered rose 46% over the levels in 2009.
McAfee said in a statement, "As more users access the Internet from an
ever-expanding pool of devices -- computer, tablet, smartphone or Internet TV
-- web-based threats will continue to grow in size and sophistication."
One of the major reasons for the new wave of malware according to McAfee is the
wide use of Adobe PDF software and Flash being prime targets of criminals. PDF
documents are a major way that malware is spread according to McAfee.
Google Android is being targeted by malware that embeds itself into apps and
games according to McAfee. Late last year, a Trojan
was let loose in China aimed at Android devices that was creating a
While malware and Trojans are increasing, McAfee confirms what other security
firms have been saying, spam overall is decreasing. The decrease was especially
notable in the second half of Q4 2010 when the level of spam dropped 62% by the
end of the year compared to the start of 2010. The big drop was linked to
botnets that were dormant during traditionally busy time of year.
itself is undergoing some big changes. Intel is purchasing McAfee, and the
acquisition has been given
the green light by the FTC and European regulators. The purchase is
expected to bring better security to devices with tighter integration into the
quote: The number of phones sold is irrelevant to the number of malware threats out there.
quote: They aren't saying that the number of infections are increasing only the number of threats.
quote: Having more phones doesn't 'dilute' the threat to your individual phone