Saturday September 19, 2020

How viruses got smart

Smartphone users are having to contend with an increasingly sophisticated variety of attacks on their machines, writes Adrian Weckler.

15th January, 2012
Rik Ferguson, director of security research at Trend Micro. Photo: Tony O'Shea

There was a time when viruses were a thing that only affected your computer. While Windows PC malware internet nasties represent the lion's share of IT malware, mobile devices are beginning to catch up.

"Last year, there was a 1,000 per cent increase in the instances of malware that we saw for smartphones and mobile devices other than laptops," said Rik Ferguson, Trend Micro's director of security research and an "ethical hacker".

However, most of the...

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