More consumers are buying smartphones. So more criminals are taking aim at those devices.
Criminals still prefer PCs for stealing personal data, bank and credit
card account numbers as well as for running frauds. However, most PC
attacks focus on Microsoft’s
decade-old Windows XP operating system, which is slowly being replaced
by the more secure Windows 7. Over the next few years, hackers will have
to find new targets.
With smartphones outselling PCs for the first time — 421 million of the
hand-held computers are expected to be sold worldwide this year,
according to market analysts at IDC — the long-predicted crime wave on
hand-held devices appears to have arrived. According to the
mobile-security firm Lookout, malware and spyware appeared on 9 out of
100 phones it scanned in May, more than twice the 4-in-100 rate in