Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Neustar, Inc.
Protect your website & network
using real-time information & analysis

www.neustar.biz
Data Security
Real-time info services with Neustar
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Report: Users
Report: Users' Behavior Key Driver for Mobile Security Risks

By Barry Levine
February 13, 2013 11:26AM

    Bookmark and Share
The Blue Coat Systems report noted that mobile threats last year "were a relatively small but growing percentage of overall traffic." It said "mobile malware that truly breaks the security model of the phone is still in its infancy," with few attacks except for some on Android. The third quarter of 2012 alone saw a 600 percent yearly increase in Android malware.
 



Mobile malware is "still in its infancy," but key threats come from risky user behavior, like visiting porn sites or downloading unverified apps. And, as the largest mobile platform, Android's vulnerabilities are increasingly being targeted. Those are some of the key takeaways in a new report on mobile security.

Online security firm Blue Coat Systems' 2013 Mobile Malware Report is subtitled How Users Drive the Mobile Threat Landscape. As mobile malware increases, the report said, one of the biggest drivers of security problems is user behavior. This includes responding to spam or phishing, or visiting porn sites, where "the risk of finding malicious content is nearly three times as high as any other behavior." User behavior in mobile environments, the report said, is "the Achilles' Heel."

The other user-driven behavior is really a large trend, not specific individual behavior. The "bring your own device," or BYOD, movement is the bane of many IT departments, but the desire on the part of employees to use their own phones, tablets or other mobile devices appears to be a permanent part of the landscape. A recent IDG Global Mobility Study, for instance, found that 70 percent of employees using corporate networks employ a personally owned smartphone or tablet, and 80 percent of employees access their corporate e-mail from personal devices.

'Goes with the Territory'

Laura DiDio, an analyst with Information Technology Intelligence Consulting, noted IT departments are "weary" of BYOD but, with Android being so popular and with employees determined to use their own devices, handling mobile security threats "goes with the territory."

The Blue Coat report noted that mobile threats last year "were a relatively small but growing percentage of overall traffic." It pointed out that "mobile malware that truly breaks the security model of the phone is still in its infancy," with little evidence of such attacks except for some that have targeted the Android platform. In the July to September 2012 period alone, Blue Coat saw a 600 percent increase in Android malware over the same period in 2011.

Employees should be aware that some user-directed attacks might be more successful on a mobile device than they otherwise would, according to the report. It pointed to the example of a grammatically correct, perfectly formatted Paypal phishing e-mail that said suspicious activity had been detected on the user's Paypal account. The e-mail added that the account was blocked until the user verified it by clicking on the enclosed link.

Fake Angry Birds Download

But, as is typical on a mobile device, the link was shortened by a service such as bitly, a user cannot hover over the link to see the true URL, and users expect a mobile Web site, even a fake one that was the target of such a link, to look and act differently than desktop ones. In fact, mobile versions of legitimate Web sites are sometimes hosted by entities other than the actual owner.

Mobile ads are another vulnerability that prey on user behavior. Several other security firms, such as Lookout Mobile Security last July, have noted that some ad providers, while not cybercriminals, are using their ads in free mobile apps to access personal information without the user's notification or consent.

The Blue Coat report said mobile ads were the fourth-ranked threat vector for mobile users, including fake ads offered by cybercriminals. In one example, a fake ad led to a fake Angry Birds download, which delivered a Trojan that sent premium text messages to the malware host, running up a bill without the user's knowledge.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Your Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems: the world's most advanced converged infrastructure are built on the Cisco Unified Computing System with Intel® Xeon® processors. Vblock™ Systems deliver extraordinary time to market, ROI and TCO, and flexibility to meet your continually changing demands with 5X faster deployment, 96% less downtime, and 1/2 the cost. Click here to learn more.


 Data Security
1.   Michaels: Nearly 3M Cards Breached
2.   Heartbleed Could Cost Millions
3.   Malware Targets Facebook Users
4.   IBM Adds Disaster Recovery to SoftLayer
5.   How To Beat the Heartbleed Bug


advertisement
Michaels: Nearly 3M Cards Breached
But the hack has been contained.
Average Rating:
Heartbleed Could Cost Millions
But it could have been prevented.
Average Rating:
Don't Reset Passwords for Heartbleed?
Added caution needed to ensure security.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Michaels Says Nearly 3M Credit, Debit Cards Breached
Arts and crafts retail giant Michaels Stores has confirmed that a data breach at its POS terminals from May 2013 to Jan. 2014 may have exposed nearly 3 million customer credit and debit cards.
 
Heartbleed Could Cost Millions, Could Have Been Prevented
Early estimates of Heartbleed’s cost to enterprises are running in the millions. The reason: revoking all the SSL certificates the bug leaked will come at a very hefty price.
 
Google's Street View Software Unravels CAPTCHAs
The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
Google Glass may find its first markets in verticals in which hands-free access to data is a boon. Medicine is among the most prominent of those, as seen in a number of Glass experiments under way.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Google Releases Chrome Remote Desktop App for Android
You're out on a sales call, and use your Android mobile device to grab a file you have back at the office on your desktop. That's a bit easier now with Google's Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android.
 
Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly set to launch a smartphone after years of development. Photos of the phone, which may feature a unique 3D interface, were leaked by tech pub BGR.
 
Zebra Tech Buys Motorola Enterprise for $3.45B
Weeks after Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility’s assets from Google for $2.91 billion, Zebra Technologies is throwing down $3.45 billion for Motorola’s Enterprise business in an all-cash deal.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.