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Smart phone security threats on the rise

Simon Quicke

Smart phone security threats are becoming an increasing problem as hackers target the growing number of users using their handheld devices to store sensitive information.

According to the latest threat report from McAfee phone malware increased by 46% in the last quarter compared to the same period last year and Android phones have already been targeted by a trojan horse attack.

The vendor also predicted that nation-state backed attacks will also continue to rise this year. The rise of politically supported hacking is becoming more widely discussed with the latest example happening over the weekend, after it emerged that some staff in the Foreign Office had been the target of Chinese-backed hackers.

One positive development, which has been charted through the close of last year by several security firms, is the decline in the volume of spam. But there was a warning from McAfee that the apparent decline was a transition while fresh botnets were deployed to underpin the next wave of spam. 

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