Mobile malware across all device platforms increases 155 percent

By Telecom Lead Team: 2011 saw a record number of mobile malware
attacks and Google Android malware increased by 3,325 percent in last seven
months of 2011.


The Juniper Networks Mobile Threat Center identified a
155 percent increase in mobile malware across all mobile device platforms.


Last year, spyware and SMS Trojans comprised the vast
majority of malware targeting mobile devices, at 63 percent and 36 percent
respectively, according to the findings of Juniper Networks


Research into Apple iOS security remains limited given
the closed nature of its platform; but in 2011, security researchers were
successful in getting an unapproved application onto the Apple App Store. 


A new attack method dubbed Fake Installers” was the
fastest growing type of malware found in 2011. Fake Installers trick victims
into unknowingly paying for pirated versions of popular applications that are
normally free.


The rapid growth in mobile malware combined with ongoing
concerns about lost and stolen devices illustrate just how important of an
issue mobile security is – and that it is an issue that affects everyone, not
just corporations,” said Dan Hoffman, chief mobile security evangelist,
Juniper Networks. 


The report also revealed that consumers and enterprises
remain susceptible to a very low-tech risk such as lost or stolen mobile


In 2011, nearly one in five users of Junos Pulse Mobile
Security Suite required a locate command to identify the whereabouts of a
mobile device.


It is vital that consumers and businesses take the
necessary security precautions when using mobile devices,” said Sanjay
Beri, vice president and general manager, Junos Pulse Business Unit,
Juniper Networks.


The Juniper Networks Mobile Threat Center examined
more than 790,000 applications and vulnerabilities across every major mobile
device operating system to inform its 2011 Mobile Threats Report.


Recently, Juniper Networks adopted JasperGold formal technology by Jasper Design Automation for
verification and design flows.


Juniper Networks noted that its ability to visualize RTL
early in the design cycle, even without a need for a testbench, led to the
decision to adopt the technology from Jasper.


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