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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Mobile phone hackers on the rise - study

Dubai: Operators are reporting more incidents of phone hacking, known as malware attacks, than ever before, according to a new study by Informa Telecoms & Media (ITM).  The research found that nearly half of the operators who have experienced malware outbreaks have had one within the last three months.  Twice as many mobile operators spent over $200,000 on mobile security in 2006, compared to 2005.

The ITM study, sponsored by McAfee, examined in mobile operators’ past experiences, current attitudes and future plans with regards to mobile security.

In line with the growing importance of mobile security to service providers, 85 per cent plan to increase their mobile security budgets to tackle issues including network intrusion, mobile viruses, denial-of-service attacks, spam and mobile phishing (SMiShing).

Posted on 02/17