Mobile threats grow 614% over a year

Mobile malware threats are becoming more prevalent, as the number of attacks increased 614 per cent over the course of just 12 months.

This is according to new findings from Juniper Networks, which highlighted that mobile application security is being seriously jeopardised.

Covering the period from March 2012 to March 2013, the research found that 276,259 total malicious apps had been developed by malware writers.

It emerged that 92 per cent of all attacks detected by the company's Mobile Threat Centre were aimed at Android devices, mainly due to its growing share of the smartphone market.

Juniper Networks also discovered that free mobile applications are three times more likely to track the location of users than those that are paid for, as well as access their address books.

The number of free apps requiring registration information increased from 5.9 per cent in October 2012 to 10.5 per cent in May 2013.

Michael Callahan, vice-president of global product marketing for the company's security business, emphasised that mobile users need better protection against these attacks.

"Enterprises and government organisations need to take a comprehensive look at protecting their data and networks by adopting a holistic approach to mobile security," he commented.

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