Opinion: Mobiles Catch the Security Bug

Mobile devices are the next target for virus writers and hackers.

Mobile devices are the next target for virus writers and hackers, said Sal Viveros, wireless security evangelist at McAfee. Malicious code attacks on wireless networks, including mobile phones, could cost European mobile operators as much as $2.2 billion per attack by 2005 and affect up to 30 percent of the mobile population, according to research from McAfee.

"It is the responsibility of the mobile industry to acknowledge that a real threat exists and to bundle antivirus solutions with the mobile devices they sell," Viveros said.

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