Thursday, October 02, 2014

Mobile Malware: Small Numbers, but Growing

Molly Wood, NYT
OCT. 1, 2014

THE warning was dire: A small security company revealed a flaw in millions of smartphones that could allow dangerous software to masquerade as a legitimate app and seize control of a phone.

The threat was a big conversation topic at this year’s Black Hat security conference. But after that, we didn’t hear much more about it.

Perhaps that should not be surprising. For some time, computer security companies have been on the lookout for apps meant to do harm to smartphones. But for all the concern, so-called mobile malware has not had much of an impact on regular people.

A recent report by the security company McAfee said that there was a 197 percent increase in mobile malware from 2012 to 2013.

(More here.)

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