Security Slideshow: Mobile Security: Why it's Your Biggest Threat

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 03-14-2012

Android

Android is a huge security threat, featuring 126 families of malware and more than 4,000 modifications to those mobile threats, according to Securelist.

Android

Symbian

Symbian, which was once a major destination for malicious hackers, had only 111 families of malware at the beginning of 2012. That mobile malware came with just 435 modifications.

Symbian

Mobile Threats Increase

At the end of 2010, Securelist found only 153 familiies and more than 1,000 modifications of mobile threats. In 2011, by comparison, the company says, those figures grew to 5,255 modifications and 178 new families.

Mobile Threats Increase

SMS Dangers

Drawing on data from another security firm, Kaspersky Lab, Securelist pointed out that nearly 37 percent of all the mobile malware in 2011 came byway of SMS messages.

SMS Dangers

The contenders

After malware, backdoor threats and Trojans were the the second- and third-place mobile security concerns last year, securing 24 percent and nearly 21 percent of mobile attack distributions, respectively.

The contenders

Googles OS

Thinking about bringing Android-based devices into the office? Think again. A whopping 65 percent of all mobile malware last year was running on Google's mobile operating system.

Googles OS

Money and data

The most common threat to Android devices is malware trying to steal money or data from the device.

Money and data

Command and control

Following that, researchers found that threats that were designed to take control over an Android-based device were also quite popular among malicious hackers and cybercriminals.

Command and control

Mobile Malware In 2012

First up, Securelist says malicious hackers will only increase their attacks on Android.

Mobile Malware In 2012

Mobile Malware In 2012

Next, Securelist claims the sheer number of attacks will grow this year, including those designed to "infect the mobile operating system."

Mobile Malware In 2012

Mobile Malware In 2012

Securelist also believes that 2012 will be the year when cybercriminals target official app stores, "primarily Android Market," to take advantage of unwitting users.

Mobile Malware In 2012