Mobile malware numbers skyrocketed in the past year. According to the Malicious Mobile Threats Report 2010/2011 by Juniper Networks’ Global Threat Center in May 2011, enterprise and consumer mobile devices are exposed to a record number of security threats, including a 400 percent increase in Android malware, as well as highly targeted Wi-Fi attacks. Key findings include:
- App Store Anxiety: The single greatest distribution point for mobile malware is application download, yet the vast majority of smartphone users are not employing an antivirus solution on their mobile device to scan for malware
- Wi-Fi Worries: Mobile devices are increasingly susceptible to Wi-Fi attacks, including applications that enable an attacker to easily log into victim email and social networking applications
- The Text Threat: 17 percent of all reported infections were due to SMS trojans that sent SMS messages to premium rate numbers, often at irretrievable cost to the user or enterprise
- Device Loss and Theft: 1 in 20 Juniper customer devices were lost or stolen, requiring locate, lock or wipe commands to be issued
- Risky Teen Behavior: 20 percent of all teens admit sending inappropriate or explicit material from a mobile device
- “Droid Distress”: The number of Android malware attacks increased 400 percent since Summer 2010
Just today, Mashable posted an excellent infographic on the current state of mobile malware that was created by Bullgard. I think we should take necessary precautions when using our mobile devices from now on.