Mobile Malware presented at 16th USENIX Security Symposium 2007

by Mikko Hypponen,

Tags: Security Malware

Summary : The first real viruses for mobile phones were found in June 2004. Since then, scores of different viruses have been found, most of them targeting smartphones running different versions of the Symbian operating system. Many of them are spreading in the wild and have been reported from all continents. These mobile viruses use new spreading vectors such as multimedia messages and Bluetooth and pose special problems for researchers. For example, they can easily escape during analysis as they use radio connections to spread. As total count of known mobile malware is now around 350, we know much more about what types of viruses to expect in the future and about who writes them. We also know what we should do to prevent this niche area from becoming a bigger problem.