Go with the flow. That, it would seem, would be the mojo of hackers. Why? Because now, they are moving their hacking enthusiasm towards the mobile industry. According to McAfee, there is a growth in hacking operations occurring in the mobile devices as well as mobile platforms. Key targets now include Android, and the SymbOS/Zitmo.A and Android/Geinimi were the two big malware threats for mobile.
Symbian remains the most targeted for malware, but that may be due to market share. A virus called “Zitmo” hit them. This came from a botnet called “Zeus” that has repackaged spying software.
Google’s Android operating system, overtook Nokia’s Symbian as the maker of the world’s most popular smartphone software last quarter; it was the victim of a Trojan virus, called “Geinimi.” This virus buries itself in applications and games. Then it often destroys data on a device, and to add insult to injury, it sometimes sends a mocking message that flashes on the screen.
McAfee said that the level of Spam dropped, but at the same time, the amount of hack attacks on mobile devices increased.
Other things worth noting were that certain types of malware were popular in the fourth quarter, these included banking Trojans, Autorun Malware, and downloaders. Interestingly, Botnets were not making a big impact. But get this, over 50 percent of the 100 daily search terms lead to malicious sites. And that number is expected to start hitting mobile devices in 2011. Finally, Adobe’s Acrobat is a software with exploitable weaknesses; making it a hacker favorite.
The upshot is that with a new venue to exploit, hackers will be in hacker heaven, at least for a while. The important thing for users to do is to practice caution and some common sense when using their mobile devices. Beware of attachments, and be careful when downloading information from sites you are not sure of.