Kaspersky sounds alert over mobile threats

Leading security vendor Kaspersky has warned mobile phone users that the threat level is only likely to get worse as cybercriminals develop more sophisticated ways to attack mobile operating systems.

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Kaspersky sounds alert over mobile threats Kuzbari: Mobile attacks are rising.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 20, 2010

Leading security vendor Kaspersky has warned mobile phone users that the threat level is only likely to get worse as cybercriminals develop more sophisticated ways to attack mobile operating systems.

Tarek Kuzbari, Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa at the Moscow-based antivirus software outfit, says there are now 1,600 types of malware in existence targeting mobile phones, underscoring the challenge that security companies face in trying to keep breaches at bay.

“On the mobile side we now see the threats developing at the same pace as the PC,” says Kuzbari. “It started out with malware, then we started to see Trojans and recently we noticed something called the bootnet on mobile devices [which takes over control of the device].”

Given the regional smart phone penetration rate is rapidly growing, increasing numbers of mobile phone users will need to pay attention to the security of their handsets. Kuzbari says all smart phone platforms remain vulnerable to viruses, worms and Trojans, but insists users can mitigate security risks by using dedicated mobile security solutions now available in the Middle East market.

“If you use the tools, methodologies and processes in the proper way you will definitely be much safer,” he says. “From our side, we are trying to raise awareness of this, which includes providing information to people about the threats that are out there.”

Kuzbari insists the Middle East does not face the same volume of threats as markets such as  Russia and Eastern Europe, but says studies carried out internally suggest Dubai is considered one of the top eight cities that has the highest number of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks right now.

As well as highlighting the risks facing mobile phone users, Kaspersky has this week launched a new set of products for the corporate market.

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