Last month at the Virus Bulletin Conference in Barcelona, I took in one of the sessions on mobile malware. This type of malware is foreign to me because I mostly stay in the email space at work (and even then, I am focusing more on day-to-day issues of running a large mail provider than I am on spam and abuse). What’s mobile malware like? What are the threats? How do users get infected?
The fastest growing segment of mobile malware is on the Google Android platform. While it is still less than J2ME, eventually at the current rates it will overtake it by next year. Why is Android so vulnerable?
What sorts of malware is there for mobiles? There are two common ones:
How much money do these guys make? Well, I’m never one to claim I know how much money criminals are making but at the VB conference, one affiliate made $2200 in five days (about $110,000 per year based upon a 40-hour work week). Another made $5800 in five days (about $290,000 per year).
That’s all I was able to get from the short presentation, but it was interesting. I learned stuff that I didn’t know before.