The increasing popularity of the smartphone market isn't limited to just technology-savvy consumers and companies looking to squeeze more productivity out of the workforce. Cybercriminals too have taken notice of the spread of smartphones and are positioning their attacks accordingly.
However, contrary to what many experts may say, a recent PC World report argued that the threat of mobile malware may not be as serious as previously thought. While it's true that cybercriminals are increasingly targeting mobile users and their devices, the trend should not have anyone running for the hills just yet.
"Thus far, all of the reported mobile malware incidents have been small, isolated outbreaks that malware fighters have patched or identified within several hours of their appearance," Armando Rodriguez wrote for PC World.
But that doesn't mean mobile users can sit back and ignore their mobile data security concerns. According to PC World, the spread of mobile malware is imminent.
Cybercriminals mirror legitimate businesses in that they tend to focus on what will be most profitable, and, right now and in the future that may be the smartphone market. According to a recent report from research firm IDC, the market for smartphones increased 11.3 percent year-over-year during the second quarter of 2011.
DroidDream is perhaps the most well-known of mobile malware. The threat is downloaded through malicious applications, infecting unsuspecting users with a Trojan virus. In one incident this year, several thousand users downloaded such apps, but Google, whose Android operating system was the target, quickly killed the apps and wiped them from infected devices.
According to a recent IT Pro report, companies should already be worried about data security for mobile devices. In fact, the publication ranked mobile malware No. 7 on a list of the top 10 threats facing companies today. IT Pro said malware can steal business-critical information from devices and introduce viruses to the corporate network.