Most users are not aware of the risks in smartphones and the security industry is struggling to develop tools to defend these devices, a panel of experts said on Wednesday at RSA Conference in San Francisco.
As security firm Fortinet celebrates 10 years in business, Fortiguard Labs took a look at the 10 most intriguing threats during the past decade and showed how their feature sets have evolved, Darwin-like, over time.
The first malicious program targeting smartphones running Google's Android operating system has been detected, according to researchers at Kaspersky Lab. The SMS trojan, masquerading as a media player application, already has infected a number of mobile devices, Kaspersky said. Once installed on a user's phone, the trojan delivers text messages to premium rate numbers without the user's consent, resulting in money being transferred from a user's account to the cybercriminals. Right now, the trojan only affects Russian users and is not spreading in the Android Marketplace, but researchers expect to see more malware soon targeting Android phones. — AM