Google Android Malware Jumps 3,325 Percent in Last Seven Months of 2011 Alone; New Scheme Tricks Consumers Into Paying for Free Apps
SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 15, 2012) - Juniper Networks (
Top findings from Juniper's 2011 Mobile Threats Report are evidence of accelerating attacks on mobile devices:
1. There is more malware than ever before. 2011 saw a record number of mobile malware attacks -- particularly to the Google Android platform.
2. Mobile malware has gotten smarter. Cybercriminals continue to hone their craft by finding new ways to exploit vulnerabilities and human behavior for profit across all mobile platforms and devices.
3. The barrier to entry is low. Data shows an evolution from sophisticated, complex and deep technical attacks to schemes that are lightweight, social and able to deliver fast profits. As mobile users download more applications than ever before, applications themselves are becoming the "killer app" for hackers and the most popular way to compromise devices.
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.
Additional Key Findings Include:
"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. At Juniper, we believe building trust in mobility is just as important as building great networks and powerful applications."
-Dan Hoffman, chief mobile security evangelist, Juniper Networks
"It is vital that consumers and businesses take the necessary security precautions when using mobile devices. Securing mobile devices requires a combination of safeguarding connections from interception, securing data in transit from prying eyes or theft, protecting against fast-propagating malware, possessing the tools to manage devices and apps, and securing the data, usernames and passwords on them in the event that they are lost or stolen."
-Sanjay Beri, vice president and general manager, Junos Pulse Business Unit, Juniper Networks
The Juniper Networks Mobile Threat Center is based out of Juniper's Mobile Center of Excellence located in Columbus, OH. For more information on the 2011 Mobile Threats Report, visit www.juniper.net/security.
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