Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Handheld Devices Become Targets For Hackers

Handheld devices are swiftly becoming a new target for many hackers. Due to the large number of vulnerabilities and the sheer number of handheld devices in the wild, its no wonder that we've seen a huge jump in malicious apps for handheld devices.

The Cisco 2010 Annual Security Report (PDF) cited progress by Microsoft and other software vendors to improve security by providing updates, alerting users to potential flaws and making patches available to users. The progress on the desktop is going to force cybercriminals to shift their activities to mobile platforms, which often times have similar vulnerabilities, said Henry Stern, a CSIRT security engineer at Cisco Systems Inc. Apple, with the popularity of its iPhone and iPad and Android, with dozens of different smartphones are the likely targets, according to the report.

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