Mobile attacks soar by 46%
Mobile security threats rose sharply last year, according to security software maker McAfee.
In its fourth-quarter threat report, McAfee said new mobile malware threats increased by 46% last year compared with 2009.
“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,” it said.
McAfee expects PDF and Flash maker Adobe to remain a favourite attack route for criminals this year, after seeing it overtake Microsoft in popularity as a target in 2010.
It attributed the trend to Adobe’s greater popularity on mobile devices and the rise of non-Microsoft environments, coupled with the widespread use of PDF document files to convey malware.
McAfee said Google’s Android, which last quarter overtook Nokia as the most popular smartphone software, had also been targeted by a trojan that buried itself in Android applications and games.