Marlow, UK – 23rd January 2013 – Cyber criminals have moved beyond the traditional PC, targeting Android, social media and even the Mac OS X with new attacks, according to Trend Micro’s 2012 Annual Roundup and Mobile Security reports. Malware targeting Android alone outpaced its Windows equivalent by 14:3 and Trend Micro predicts that threats on the mobile platform will pass the one million mark this year.
2012 Annual Security Roundup - Evolved Threats in a “Post-PC” World
Most of our predictions for 2012 have come true, as a critical mass of threats escalated past the desktop environment to mark the beginning of the Post-PC era.
2012 Mobile Threat and Security Roundup – Repeating History
The growing mobile-threat environment is a key element of the Post-PC threat era, with Android Malware accomplishing in 3 years what PC threats took 14 years to achieve. What is also concerning is that only 20% of Android device owners use a security app. This is not a risk worth taking, as by year end 2012 there were 350,000 threats facing this relatively new mobile platform. Trend Micro predicts that Android threats will increase to 1 million in 2013. (14,15,16)
Along with advice for users and IT professionals, readers will find:
"2012 was a year of real evolution in traditional threat and evolution into new platforms and geographies", said Rik Ferguson, VP of security research at Trend Micro. "The mobile threat has come of age, criminals are already moving their operations into former developing internet economies and have devoted a lot of effort to hardening their point and click attack toolkits to evade detection by security vendors. We must continue to track and anticipate these developments in the security industry. Android is already the criminals mobile OS of choice as these reports demonstrate, it is not too much of a stretch to think of criminals looking for ways to exploit other connected devices in the future."
Overall, 2012 unfolded much as our Chief Technology Officer Raimund Genes predicted
(12 Security Predictions for 2012), particularly around post-PC threats and the sophisticated targeting of attacks against specific organisations. As he noted then: “Our hope that new OSs would make the world a safer place didn’t work out.”
The post-PC malware era is here to stay, and the stakes are higher than ever.
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