The first malicious software for mobile phones have sprung up. And they constitute the first major IT in this century to the violent popular smartphones, says experts. IT security professionals nominate smartphones to be the largest IT security vulnerability because they can get online without complete protection against computer viruses.
As millions of people via Internet downloading little programs called apps from websites to their mobile, it becomes increasingly attractive to send so-called malware for mobiles, so the cyber criminals can gain access to personal information which can be misused.
The Internet is migrating onto various mobile platforms with operating systems such as Android, Microsoft, iphone’s IOS, Symbian, software that does not in itself protect the user from downloading viruses or Trojan horses and phishing.
Identity theft and misuse of personal information, according to IT security people, move over to the mobile devices. A modern mobile phone, for example. a Android smartphone is in fact a PC in miniature. It has enough processing power to the hackers can use them, but are unable to run the best security software.
“This is the 21-century crime and the greatest current security threat, not least for corporate IT,” says a computer security expert from Symantec MessageLabs Intelligence. “A smartphone is actually a computer which corresponds to what a PC could 10 years ago, but it is also fully adequate to the cyber criminals who can exploit them.”
Companies with smartphones that employees use in private involves a significant security risk because people blindly download everything all the time. A study from Juniper Networks says users of smartphones and tablet PCs like the ipad often use their mobile devices for job-related communications that can be intercepted by data criminals and sold.