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Mobile users targeted by malnets

by Brian Sims

A report which examines the mobile threat landscape and the behavioural patterns of mobile users that make them most vulnerable to data loss, malicious applications, fraud and other mobile threats has been launched. The report from Bluecoat reveals that mobile threats are still largely mischiefware focused on for-pay texting scams or stealing personal information. It also reveals that the most successful mobile malware tactics, including scams, spam and phishing, are classics that dominated the threat landscape when malware first moved to the web. These device-agnostic, easy-to-deploy attacks provide a natural crossover point for cybercriminals that are interested in launching attacks against mobile devices. The report also points that whilst most mobile users don’t visit pornography sites regularly, the risk of malicious content is nearly three times as high with such sites as any other category. It is also claimed that Malnets – the infrastructures that successfully drove nearly two thirds of all web-based attacks in 2012 – are now targeting mobile users. It estimates that to date, 40 per cent of mobile malware has originated from known malnets.

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