Malware increasingly targeting smartphones

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Malware increasingly targeting smartphones

According to Vietnamese information security experts, "mobile viruses" remain "luxury concepts", even with smart phone users increasing within the last 2 years.

An advertisement for antivirus software developer Bkav which along with other developers, has said that there are growing concerns over smartphone security. — VNS File Photo

With 3G services rapidly developing under MobileFone, Viettel and VinaPhone, smart phone security is a growing concern however.

A report from Juniper Networks claims the incidence of malware targeting Android devices has risen by 472 per cent since July 2011; prompting security firms to develop anti-virus software such as Symantec, F-Secure, Kaspersy Lab, Doctor Web, Bkav and CMC to deal with the threat.

The Research and Development director of Bkav, Vu Ngoc Son, explained that there were 3,800 different viruses discovered in Android phones last year, spread via Symbian operating systems. When users click on the links provided in messages, the malicious software would automatically install.

Research and Development director of CMC, Infosec Vu Lam Bang said that mobile viruses could steal user information similar to those found crippling computers.

In fact, unlike computer hackers who steal information, mobile phone viruses never hijack devices, but spread through downloads.

The latest mobile viruses include programmes on the Android Market including e-comics such as Doraemon, 7 Vien Ngoc Rong and Sieu Quay Teppi, or software called IPRO which steals money off mobile phone users when messages are sent to the number 8777. — VNS

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