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Android OS is a weakness

Security companies in the Middle East are seeing more and more attacks targeting mobile devices

Android OS is a weakness
Florian Malecki from Dell SonicWALL says Android phones are a danger to enterprise networks.

Security companies in the Middle East are seeing more and more attacks targeting mobile devices, specifically the Android OS, because it is the market-leading mobile OS, according to Florian Malecki, EMEA Product & Solution marketing director at security firm Dell SonicWALL.

“iOS attacks are a bit rarer compared to Android because of the nature of how they are structured, but last year there was a rise in attacks, especially ones targetting Android users,” said Malecki.

The attacks have mostly been in the consumer environment, but are moving into the enterprise because of the growing BYOD trend that is growing worldwide.

“Of course hackers and the bad guys will want to target, or are targeting Android because there are many, many users and of course the successful attacks will be much higher,” said Malecki.

Because Android currently holds an 80% OS market share, attackers will begin to use Android applications as a way to try to penetrate corporate networks because more and more users are using their personal devices to access some corporate resources. According to Dell SonicWALL one such attack has already happened with the Not Compatible malware, which can be deployed on an Android phone and allows the hacker to connect to the phone and see other networks.

“The specific case that the bad guys are considering here is a cell phone that the user will take into the corporate environment and connect to the internal Wi-Fi network. It is specifically designed to allow attackers entry into corporate networks by leveraging an Android handset that users bring in and connect; that demonstrates just how tenacious some of these attackers are.” said Malecki.

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