Malicious Software in Mobile Devices

Malicious Software in Mobile Devices

Thomas M. Chen (Southern Methodist University, USA) and Cyrus Peikari (Airscanner Mobile Security Corporation, USA)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-054-7.ch261
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This chapter examines the scope of malicious software (malware) threats to mobile devices. The stakes for the wireless industry are high. While malware is rampant among 1 billion PCs; approximately twice as many mobile users currently enjoy a malware-free experience. However; since the appearance of the Cabir worm in 2004; malware for mobile devices has evolved relatively quickly; targeted mostly at the popular Symbian smartphone platform. Significant highlights in malware evolution are pointed out that suggest that mobile devices are attracting more sophisticated malware attacks. Fortunately; a range of host-based and network-based defenses have been developed from decades of experience with PC malware. Activities are underway to improve protection of mobile devices before the malware problem becomes catastrophic; but developers are limited by the capabilities of handheld devices.

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