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Mobile malware on the rise

The number of malicious programs targeting mobile devices has more than doubled between August 2009 and December 2010.

As growth in sales of mobile phone rising fast, threats from cybercriminals are also growing, says Kaspersky analyst.

“The number of malicious programs targeting mobile devices has more than doubled between August 2009 and December 2010. In 2010, over 65 per cent more new threats targeting mobile devices were detected than in the previous year; and over 1,000 variants from 153 different families of mobile threats were included in Kaspersky Lab’s databases by the end of 2010,” said Denis Maslennikov, senior malware analyst at Kaspersky Labs.

Till now, most users used to think that only smartphones are targeted by mobile viruses and malware but the report reveals that J2ME platform, which is found in the most basic phones, is the most targeted by mobile malware followed by Symbian and Python operating systems.

So owning a basic feature phone also does not guarantee you that you won’t be affected by any mobile malware, so users need to be very careful while choosing applications and especially installing anything on their phones.

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