Mo­bile mal­ware in­creased six-fold in 2011

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There were six times more mal­ware ap­pli­ca­tions found on mo­bile de­vices in 2011 as com­pared to 2010, ac­cord­ing to a Kasper­sky Lab re­port. The re­port re­veals that the num­ber of ma­li­cious pro­grammes, tar­get­ing mo­bile de­vices, in­creased 6.4 times in 2011— this in­cludes 5,255 new mal­ware mod­i­fi­ca­tions, and 178 new fam­i­lies iden­ti­fied through­out the year. per­cent in 2011. An­other no­table trend is the surge in Back­doors, which were barely used by cy­ber criminals in 2010, but ac­counted for sec­ond most preva­lent be­hav­iour in 2011.

The in­ter­est in back­doors has been sparked by virus writ­ers’ grow­ing in­ter­est in the An­droid OS, and the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of de­tected mo­bile back­doors tar­geted An­droid smart­phones.

When it came to plat­forms, a steady rise in the num­ber of threats tar­get­ing An­droid was ob­served dur­ing the last six months of 2011.

The third-most com­mon mo­bile threat be­hav­iour is spy­ware — which steals per­sonal user data and/or data about the in­fected mo­bile de­vice. One of the main events of 2011, was the first

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