Mobile users targeted by malnets

Posted On 23 Jun 2013
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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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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.