Despite worries over new and more sophisticated mobile malware, cyber criminals still overwhelmingly prefer the older, more primitive attack techniques. Read More ..
A recent report form security firm Blue Coat has found that techniques including premium-number dialers and phishing attacks are still by far the most common means of attacking mobile handsets.
The attacks, which rely on social engineering tactics over technical exploits against the platform itself, usually seek to harvest credentials or attempt to connect the victim with premium services which the malware writer collects a commission on.
The findings suggest that mobile malware writers are still content to go after the "low-hanging fruit" of the security world and feed on poorly-protected devices and reckless user behaviour.
"Weaponised exploits that target mobile devices have not yet appeared in the wild," Blue Coat said in its report.