2009 Mobile Security Outlook: The Year of Mass Attack Mobile Viruses
Author: Eric Everson, Founder MyMobiSafe.com
It’s that time of year when everyone is on the lookout for the trends that may surface in the year ahead. In the field of digital security, it is certain to be a landmark year of emerging malware developments. Within mobile security in particular there is one approach that is certain to plague 2009.
It is well known that mobile viruses are quickly growing in popularity, but unfortunately despite a higher level of public awareness these mobile threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated. The most threatening developments in the way of mobile malware which will shape 2009 are Java-enabled mobile viruses. As over 80% of active mobile handsets are Java-enabled devices the stage is being set for such targeting mobile malware. Traditionally mobile viruses have targeted Mobile Operating Systems (MOPS), but now these increasingly sophisticated Java-enabled mobile viruses are poised for mass attacks.
Mobile malware is a form of digital security that has been rapidly growing in popularity and in sophistication for the past five years. With Java-enabled mobile viruses coming on strong this is likely the year of mass attack mobile viruses. Given the advances of today’s mobile malware yesterdays small concentrated outbreaks of mobile viruses are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Mass attack mobile viruses are those designed to spread from handset to handset regardless of the MOPS on the handset.
Mobile malware has gone from a potential threat to an imminent mass market threat and 2009 stands to become “The Year of Mass Attack Mobile Viruses”. As a mobile user your greatest defense (without purchasing a mobile security solution) is to closely monitor the content that enters your phone. Most of these Java-enabled mobile viruses will attack your handset through your MMS/SMS inbox (if you don’t trust the content DO NOT open it). If you wouldn’t trust your computer to run without a digital security solution then the time is here to extend that same level of protection to your mobile handset.
Your trusted friend in mobile security,
Eric Everson, Founder