Smartphones new targets of cybercrime

Smartphones new targets of cybercrime

Cybercriminals are now targeting smartphones as they are looking for prey beyond the PC and mobiles suit them well, especially those using Android operating system, say experts.

“The major mobile platforms have finally become ubiquitous enough to garner the attention of attackers, and as such, Symantec expects attacks on these platforms to increase,” Symantec managing director, sales, India and SAARC, Anand Naik said.

Expressing similar views, McAfee labs product manager Vinoo Thomas said, “With smartphones becoming more powerful and popular, we have seen a lot threat moving to them from PCs.”

Although the risks to computers have not totally subsided, malicious software authors are now creating mobile-specific malware.

 “The number of vulnerabilities in the mobile space are rising and malware authors not only reinventing existing malware for mobile devices, but creating mobile-specific malware geared to the unique mobile opportunities,” Naik said.

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