McAfee reports a sharp increase in smartphone security threats

McAfee reports a sharp increase in smartphone security threats
Has your smartphone been hacked this past year? McAfee seems to think that outcome was fairly likely. In their fourth-quarter threat report, they reported that new cellphone malware discovery went up by 46% from 2009 to 2010.

That figure is partly due to the increasing adoption of smartphones and tablets. McAfee's report said that "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."

Their report singled out Adobe software, like Flash and PDFs, as favorite hacker targets in 2010. Adobe overtook Microsoft as the favorite target only this past year. McAfee attributes this to the increasing use of Adobe software in mobile devices and "non-Microsoft environments".

McAfee also noted the trojan horse that was unleashed on the Android operating system's applications and games. But Android users shouldn't take that as a sign of poor security. It's just what happens when an OS becomes big enough to be worth hacking.

The silver lining was their report on spam. McAfee said that the end of 2010 brought a 62% decrease in spam from the beginning of the year. We don't want you to come away from this with paranoia, so we'll leave you with a comforting thought: increased hacking of your mobile devices is just a side-effect of your devices' increasing power and capability.

source: Reuters

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9 Comments

1. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

Of course. Without them claiming security threats no one would buy their product.

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

indeed

2. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

I'm sticking with Apple products for sure.

3. Amit Saha unregistered

Looking like Mcafee want to increase there business in healthy earning smartphone world.

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I do not fear what they have to say, to antivirus programmers there will always be virus and hacks (even if they have to get their hands dirty). users must handle things with care don't fall for obvious traps, most mobile OS use permission system to tell you what an app is going to use. only apps from known sources market/store/hight rated pages

6. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I think this is one of the biggest reasons why I like the iPhone way of doing things. Malware happens, but Apple doesn't let you download an app unless they've cleared it as not being a threat. With Android, you have to be careful of what you're downloading.

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I don't know if I'm extremely lucky here but I never got any issues regarding apps, and I download and install some of the crap apps that happens to appear around the market from time to time just to kill time.... I have lockout but don't even consider using the app as a virus protection app(feature turned off), I use it to find my phone(pretty handy sometimes) I think people are scared of market apps... the apps i fear are the ones the user searches for lucky I have XDA as my backup app source...

9. kanon

Posts: 36; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

Android is a unix based system. I have a feeling none of you quite understand how much security there is in a unix environment lol. Please look at the third post on this thread http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=535299

10. cupcake21

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 30, 2011

Seriously, these threats to

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