Mobile Devices Spark a 'New Era' in Malicious Attacks

The Birmingham Post (England), March 1, 2005 | Go to article overview

Mobile Devices Spark a 'New Era' in Malicious Attacks


Experts at Deloitte in Birmingham are warning that a massive growth in the number of connected devices - from PCs and mobile phones to digital music players and gaming consoles - will cause a corresponding leap in electronic devices and other malicious attacks.

They fear a mobile phone virus reported just over a week ago marks the beginning of a new era.

Chris Robertson, partner in charge of telecoms, media and telecommuniations at Deloitte in Birmingham, said: 'A growing dependence on electronic devices means that both consumers and businesses areincreasingly vulnerable to attack.

'The proliferation of mobile devices provides a number of new entry points for hackers to gain access to private, corporate and even government networks.

'Continued growth of remote working, mobile phone usage and WiFi deployment will expand this risk.

'There are already more mobile phones than PCs in the world, suggesting that a widespread attack on mobile devices could have major consequences.

'Factor in the rapid spread of WiFi - which hackers consider an open network - and the risksbecome all too evident. Businesses face the greatest risk of attack, and could collectively lose millions of pounds a year to hacking, viruses and other malicious intrusions.

'Companies of all sizes should continually assess the growing risks and actively work to protect themselves - and their customers. …

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