Mobile vulnerabilities top IBM report

Powered by SC Magazine
 

Thousands of disclosures studied.

Mobile device vulnerabilities are at the forefront of cyber criminal trends, IBM says.

The company's X-Force Trend and Risk Report released this week studied public vulnerability disclosures from more than 4000 clients last year and found many targeted mobile platforms.

We're starting to see real attack activity,” co-author of the report Tom Cross said. “It's not nearly as prevalent as attacks against traditional workstations, but it's growing and it's a problem that people need to start taking seriously.”

The report examined malware related to mobile devices last year and in a majority of cases, infections were delivered to devices via legitimate mobile app stores.

Most of these attacks really require social engineering to some degree,” Adaptive Mobile vice president Ciaran Bradley said. “There are a limited number of ways you can get malware onto your device.”

The report found cross-site scripting vulnerabilities were half as common now as they were four years ago, while the prevalence of exploit code had fallen by a third over the same period.

It also claimed vendors were more diligent at patching software.

Copyright © SC Magazine, US edition


Mobile vulnerabilities top IBM report
 
 
 
Top Stories
NewSat defaults on $26m in overdue Lockheed payments
Jabiru-1 satellite build hits further hurdles.
 
IBM denies plans to cut 112k jobs
But admits to further restructuring.
 
ATO investigates 25 tech giants in tax hunt
Prepared to take tax evaders to court.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
Franchisees, here's something you should know about
Jan 23, 2015
You need to know the Code if you are a franchisee or franchisor as the penalties are significant.
Xero users rejoice! Quoting has finally arrived
Jan 23, 2015
It has taken years, but Xero has at last added integrated quoting to its online accounting software.
You can now get a no-contract wi-fi tablet from Telstra
Jan 17, 2015
Telstra has began selling wi-fi tablets out of contract without paying extra for cellular ...
Get your business ready for 2015: mobile payments
Jan 2, 2015
These handy apps from MYOB, Xero and others can reduce your administrative load and improve ...
Xero prepares for key feature coming in 2015
Dec 19, 2014
Xero users will be able to track how their business is comparing to other Xero users.
Latest Comments
Polls
Who do you trust most to protect your private data?







   |   View results
Your bank
  36%
 
Your insurance company
  5%
 
A technology company (Google, Facebook et al)
  9%
 
Your telco, ISP or utility
  8%
 
A retailer (Coles, Woolworths et al)
  4%
 
A Federal Government agency (ATO, Centrelink etc)
  18%
 
An Australian law enforcement agency (AFP, ASIO et al)
  14%
 
A State Government agency (Health dept, etc)
  7%
TOTAL VOTES: 3053

Vote
Do you support the abolition of the Office of the Information Commissioner?

   |   View results
I support shutting down the OAIC.
  27%
 
I DON'T support shutting the OAIC.
  73%
TOTAL VOTES: 970

Vote