McAfee recently released its latest findings on cybercriminals, and the news ain’t good. While spam levels have dropped dramatically, cell phone malware rose by 46 percent between 2009 and 2010. The study noted that this is most likely due to the large range of devices that now connect to the Internet.
Just a decade ago the only Internet-enabled platform vulnerable to cybercriminals was the home desktop computer. Today, however, our worlds are wired through smartphones, tablets, laptops and even Internet-enabled televisions.
All of these devices have led to the discovery of 20 million pieces of malware in 2010, according to McAfee. That translated into 55,000 new malware threats everyday.
The security computer company cited PDF and Adobe, the creator of Flash, as favorites among cybercriminal rings. Microsoft’s software was a also a popular target in 2009 and 2010, according to the study.
While no Internet-enabled device is criminal-proof, McAfee noted that Google’s Android operating system was hit particularly hard by trojan horse viruses that buried themselves in its games and apps. Hackers, particularly those who are politically motivated, are also on the rise, according to the study.