Mobile malware rises five-fold

Operators are reporting an huge increase in the number of mobile malware attacks they are experiencing, a McAfee sponsored study by researcher Informa has found.

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By  Administrator Published  February 21, 2007

Operators are reporting an huge increase in the number of mobile malware attacks they are experiencing, a McAfee sponsored study by researcher Informa has found.

More than three quarters (83%) of the mobile operators questioned in the survey said they had been hit by mobile device infections at some point, with nearly half of those interviewed having experienced a mobile malware outbreak within the last three months.

The number of reported security incidents was five times higher in 2006 than in 2005, the report found. In tackling the problem, mobile operators are also spending substantially more money than before on security, according to the report, with twice as many mobile operators spending over US$200,000 on mobile security last year compared to 2005.

“The research clearly demonstrates that mobile security is moving quickly up the industry agenda with the number of malware incidents rising and more time and money being dedicated to resolving mobile security issues,” said Patrick Hayati, regional director of McAfee Middle East.

According to the findings, the main impact of security incidents was on customer satisfaction, with nearly one third of those surveyed saying subscriber satisfaction had suffered more than any other factor. Network performance was also heavily impacted.

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