Friday, 18 June 2010

Internetization as a New Mobile Malware Trend

As part of Kaspersky Lab’s recent Security Analyst Summit, its Mobile Research Group Manager, Denis Maslennikov, gave a presentation titled ‘Mobile malware and the Internet: a myth or reality?’ In the presentation, Denis talked about the latest mobile malware trends, focusing on how the Internet is being used to spread malware, infect users’ phones and as a means for the cybercriminals to issue commands to their botnets.

The first piece of mobile malware to make use of the Internet was written by a Ukrainian hacker back in 2004. Cybercriminals then lost interest in these types of programs until quite recently, when from June 2009 to June 2010, 35% of all detected smartphone malware operated via the Internet.
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