IT pros know it’s only a matter of time before viruses for mobile phones become widespread. But that time may be coming sooner than many think.
That’s the word from security analyst Tim Armstrong of Moscow-based security firm Kaspersky Labs.
During a recent meeting of the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group in Arlington, Virginia, Armstrong noted that “this might actually, finally, be the year” that mobile malware becomes widespread.
Kaspersky Lab uncovered more than 1,550 mobile malware signatures in September, InfoWorld reports.
Armstrong pointed to a recent exploit targeting Russian Android phones in which a virus caused devices to send text messages costing roughly $5 each without the owners’ consent.
Given the far-reaching functionality of smartphones and the increasing amount of personal data kept on them, there could be a lot of money to be made by developing malware to attack mobile devices. Experts warn businesses that hand out smartphones prepare now by updating policies and investing in security controls.