Mobile malware increased six-fold in 2011
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