Kaspersky CEO Says Mobile Malware Threat Real, but Small
By: Ben Rooney, Wall Street Journal
The threat from mobile malware is real, and getting bigger by the
day, according to the CEO of one of Europe’s leading antivirus software
makers. But it is nothing like the scale of the threat to PCs, he said.
Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder of Kapersky Lab UK, said the threat was
growing exponentially, but from a small base. He said there had been a
recent surge in activity. “In November of last year, something happened.
We saw about 1,500 unique pieces of mobile malware per year up to
November. Then in November we saw 1,500 in that month alone.”
By contrast the number of PC malware variants in 2011 alone was
around 25 million. Kaspersky Lab finds 70,000 to 75,000 per day, an
“It is the same as the PC market in the 1990s. Before the ‘Chernobyl
Virus’ [anti-virus] was a nice idea. After that it was a must.” The
Chernobyl Virus, or CIH, was a very damaging piece of malware released
in 1998. “Exactly the same will happen with mobile systems,” he said.