Security Roundup: Malvertising Top Threat to Mobile Security

This week’s security news reveals mobile adverts prose a bigger threat to mobile security than pornography and ‘black phones’ could make users a target for hackers.

According to a new security report by Blue Coat, malvertising – mobile adverts which leave users vulnerable to attacks – has replaced pornography as the biggest threat on mobile devices, with the threat having tripled in size from 2013.

KPMG’s Stephen Bonner has highlighted that owners of the new stealth ‘black phones’ may be susceptible to attacks from cyber criminals.

“By owning a ‘black phone’ a user could become a target as it acts as a red flag to criminals, highlighting that there’s something to hide. As the devices attract and house high value data, attackers will be inclined to break in – it’s a bit like carrying family photos in a security van full of gold, when the van is targeted and raided the gold will not only vanish but the photos will probably go too, it’s better for the photos to just be kept at home where nobody will look twice at,” he commented.

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