By Lilly Peel
June 30, 2008
The rising popularity of smartphones such as the BlackBerry and the
iPhone will make them targets for viruses and spam, security experts
In the past few years the internet has experienced a huge rise in
security problems, led by criminal gangs who have used spam and viruses
for financial scams. Mobile phones have remained relatively unscathed,
but that is set to change as sales of smartphones surge.
In the first three months of this year 32.2 million smartphones were
sold - 11 per cent of all handset sales and a 29 per cent increase on
the same period last year.
These e-mail and internet-enabled handsets are moving out of the
corporate market into consumers' hands, and the recent launch of the 3G
iPhone is expected to fuel sales further. Credit Suisse analysts predict
that 275 million smartphones will be sold next year, boosting
penetration to 19 per cent and making the mobile world attractive to
Neil Cook, vice-president of technology services for Cloudmark, a
messaging security company, estimates that penetration of smartphones
needs to reach 20 per cent to 30 per cent before it becomes worthwhile
for hackers to spread viruses. Spam is a problem in India and China, and
North America and Europe are expected to follow.
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