Security Firm Warns of Smartphone Malware


With jailbroken iPhones already being hit by both malicious and not-so-malicious worms already, security researchers have indicated that other smartphone users should be aware of the persistent, and worsening, threat of malware hitting their devices.

SophosLabs security researcher Graham Cluley warns that future attacks on smartphone users’ devices could well take advantage of security vulnerabilities in the devices’ browsers or through relatively simple “social engineering.” Cluley points to the speed with which malicious malware followed the fairly innocuous “rickroll” iphone worm as an indicator of just how quickly security vulnerabilities on smartphones could be exploited.

Cluley goes on to warn smartphone users on platforms they might consider to be more secure than a jailbroken iPhone that, “It should be remembered that not all attacks are OS-dependent. Phishing attacks don’t care what operating system you are running – they just rely on you using a browser and not taking enough care about the link you are clicking on.”

It’s certainly an interesting article, and one that makes excellent food for thought for anyone using a smartphone with any kinds of concerns about the security of their devices. It’s also interesting that he points to the practical ubiquity of the iPhone as one of the reasons the smartphone has seen security exploits, even if they are only a problem for users who’ve flown in the face of their terms of use.

Cluley seems to be of the opinion that the iPhone OS is straying quite close to becoming something like what Windows is to the desktop world, meaning that it could well see more security issues as time goes on.

If you’re at all curious about security issues on smartphones, then the piece over at Sophos is well worth a look.


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