Windows Mobile

Android, Symbian Malware on the Rise

Yes. You read that headline correctly. F-Secure is talking about the beleaguered and nearly defunct Symbian operating system, upon which Nokia halted nearly all development in February before announcing that it had been put in maintenance mode in September. Despite a nearly 63 percent drop in shipments of Symbian devices in the second quarter of this year and its modest 4.4 percent share of the global smartphone market, Symbian was the new home for 21 variants of malware in Q3, up 17 percent from Q2.

Apple, Google Need Mobile Security Rethink

Threatpost interviews Mickey Boodaei, the CEO of Trusteer, about the state of mobile device security. Mobile
security issues have been getting more press recently – on Threatpost
and elsewhere. Partially, this is because they’re new, and because
mobile devices are proliferating both at home and in the workplace. As
with any new wrinkle in the security landscape, there’s a danger of
spreading FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) when talking about these
kinds of new threats. Blogs and mainstream media outlets can end up
hyping the danger of relatively obscure threats simply because they
happen to mark the intersection of two interesting trends, like malware
and mobility. 

Google announced plans yesterday to fortify the Android Market in response to the appearance of the DroidDream Trojan, but do the company’s plans cross the line from innovative to intrusive? In a blog post, Kaspersky Labs researcher Timothy Armstrong warns that the search giant’s plans to repair Droid phones without user consent may not pass the sniff test. 

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