TweakTown
Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
6,144 Reviews & Articles | 39,490 News Posts
Weekly Giveaway: Win an Antec Case, PSU and Cooler (Global Entry!)

Mobile threats affected 11.6M devices in 2013, Alcatel-Lucent says

Around 11.6 million mobile devices were affected by cyber threats (NYSE:ALU)

| Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones News | Posted: Feb 6, 2014 4:40 pm

Cyber criminals accelerated their focus on attacking mobile devices in 2013, with more than 11.6 million devices compromised as malware becomes increasingly sophisticated.

 

TweakTown image news/3/5/35288_01_mobile_threats_affected_11_6m_devices_in_2013_alcatel_lucent_says.jpg

 

Google Android devices made up 60 percent of infected devices, with mobile malware sampling drastically increasing 20 times in 2013. Smartphone makers installing Android - and software developers - are slowly making changes to ensure they are able to offer more advanced security software alternatives.

 

"Not only is Android the largest smartphone market, unlike iPhone and BlackBerry, it allows apps to be loaded from third-party sites," said Kevin McNamee, Alcatel-Lucent Security architect, in a statement. "This provides cybercriminals with an unpoliced mechanism to distribute their malware which can easily evade detection by device-based anti-virus. Thus, in 2013 we saw an increased trend towards operators offering network based anti-virus security to subscribers as a service."

 

Mobile security solutions are evolving to meet the growing threat from cyber criminals, though the types of attacks also are evolving. Instead of relying on malware to just collect personal information and steal bank data, mobile spyware has become big-business to hijack devices and use them as part of an organized botnet.

NEWS SOURCESWww3.alcatel-lucent.com, Phonesreview.com

Related Tags

Further Reading: Read and find more Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones news at our Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones news index page.

Do you get our news RSS feed? Get It!

Got an opinion on this news? Post a comment below!

Latest Tech News Posts

View More News Posts

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases