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Mobile’s growing popularity with consumers and marketers is matched by an increase in the number of cyber attacks on smartphones. This means that security is likely to take on greater importance in 2013 compared to last year. Malware targeting mobile users is already a big concern for the Android platform and the problem is likely to get worse before it gets better. Other areas of concern include worms, drive-by downloads, botnets and potential infrastructure attacks.
“Mobile security will definitely be become a larger issue in 2013 as the increase of usage and dependency move up exponentially,” said John Ceraolo, chief security officer at3Cinteractive, Boca Raton, FL.
A wave of malware on Android phones is currently affecting China and Russia, with reports suggesting these countries are seeing a 40 percent infection rate. While this strain of malware has not yet reached the U.S., it is likely to do so this year, per Mr. Ceraolo.