Thursday, June 21, 2007

Growing threat from mobile malware

Familiar with PC viruses? Now, mobile devices can also be infected with mobile malicious software (malware).

Currently, there are a few hundred mobile viruses as compared to hundreds of thousands of PC viruses. Although this fugure is small but don't forget that there are more handphones in the world as compared to the PCs and laptops.

Potential threats:
There is potential for cybercrime to occur in the mobile networks such as the social engineering activities like deceptive phone calls and SMS persuading users to provide their personal and financial information.

Other potential threats for mobile users are spyware sneaked into the phones and monitor voice and text traffics, user's web surfing as well as intercepting passwords and account numbers.

Prevention:
User to install security packages available for the mobile devices similar to anti-virus or firewall software in the traditional PCs or laptops.


(Source: TheStar InTech, 21st June 2007, Mobile malware a growing threat)



4 comments:

janus3185 said...

my cellphone's memory card is affected with a virus... It won't open to our computer anymore... The computer reads it as a threat or there's a virus... sigh...

Kai Wah said...

Then, I suppose this will affect your g-cash transaction since your cellphone is affected by the virus. Poor thing.

janus3185 said...

How'd you know bout G-cash? Your in the Phil??? I think I cant upload pictures from my phone to the PC anymore...

Kai Wah said...

I'm in Malaysia. I have a few posts on g-cash in this blog.

http://ecommerze.blogspot.com/2007/03/video-on-actual-example-of-g-cash.html
http://ecommerze.blogspot.com/2007/02/g-cash-mobile-payment-systems.html