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Surveying the landscape of today’s mobile device security risks
This article is part of the IT in Europe issue of April 2012
In the overall landscape of enterprise information security threats, attacks against smartphones and tablets still barely register on the corporate radar for most European organisations. Windows-based malware still poses by far the biggest danger. But times are changing. Smartphones and tablets have become must-have devices, and are inevitably capturing the attention of malicious hackers. For example, the creators of the notorious Zeus banking Trojan have created an Android version (Zitmo) because people now use their mobile devices for banking. The hackers simply followed the money. Latest attacks on mobile devices Antivirus vendor blogs constantly discuss the latest mobile device security risks. They point to some new virus or scam -- targeted usually at the Android operating system -- that is designed either to grab personal details about the user, or to send calls or messages to premium rate phone numbers. Users should be warned about the dangers of jailbreaking their phones, which opens them up to new ...
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