Symbian Smartphones: 1 in 63 Infected
A study by mobile security company SMobile Systems claims smartphones running the Symbian operating system are breeding grounds for spyware, viruses, worms and Trojans. SMobile says most users of the infected Symbian smartphones are unaware of the infections.Nearly one out of every 63 smartphones running the Symbian operating system is infected with some form of spyware, virus, worm or Trojan, as well as hundreds of unlicensed software programs installed on the handsets, according to a study conducted by SMobile Systems. A comparison of the statistics with the worldwide smartphone population places the number of infected devices globally in the millions. Since the vast majority of these infections are designed to be stealthy and as few smartphones posses anti-malware applications, most infected users are unaware that their devices have been compromised.
"As more and more people carry smartphones, the target-rich environment is proving to be incredibly tempting to hackers, spammers and criminals looking to steal vital information on these handsets," SMobile Systems President Neil Book said in a statement. "With millions upon millions of new devices in the market, the likelihood of unwanted infection increases. The sophistication and ease of spreading malware is escalating; as such, the need for handset-based security has never been greater."