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February 27, 2013

Rising Cyber Attacks on Mobile Devices

With mobility becoming increasingly useful in almost every industry, used for both personal- and work-related reasons (thanks to the BYOD trend), the amount of sensitive information being stolen has reached heightened levels.

To figure out a way to put an end to this problem, the Nominum (News - Alert) security team analyzed DNS data across the globe, produced from over 140 of the world’s top service providers (which account for 30 percent of the world’s network traffic) to identify the sources of these attacks.

Nominum found the top 10 cyber threats for fixed broadband networks, which included Ngrbot/dorkbot , Spybot, Ramnit and Spambot. These cyber bots have grown resistance and efficiency in their threats by registering new domain names, mobbing their operations to other servers, including the cloud, and creating fake contact phone numbers as a new way to steal consumers sensitive information, as more users tend to trust a “living” customer service representative than a questionable website’s informational questionnaire.

In regard to our beloved mobile devices, the threats to a mobile malware have grown even more dangerous as users begin to use their devices personal information like their credit card and banking accounts. In the data found by Nominum, the mobile malware infections have stolen the identities of a very large population of users. Android (News - Alert) remains at the top target of malware writers with the top five malware threats targeting Android devices.

The mobile malware threats like Notcompatible, Smspacem and Lena can steal the IMSI, manufacture and model information, and can also send SMS messages, delete SMS messages and dial phone numbers.

Although users are familiar with their computer’s hardware being at risk for potential threats, the idea of mobile devices being at the same risk is not yet a social norm. With the ability for attackers to send message or make phone calls from their mobile phone, the level of invasion of privacies has reached heightened levels. 

As mobile users become more aware of these threats and cyber names, thanks to studies like Nominum, the greater the chances are of protecting themselves against such attacks on their personal space and privacy.

The lack of updated privacy laws and protection against these attackers, in the growing era of technology also contributes to this issue.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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