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Mobile malware set to double in 2011, says Kaspersky Lab

Mobile malware is set to at least double that of 2010 based on the number of new malware signatures detected in the first quarter of the year, says Kaspersky Lab.

The growth will be driven by the growth in popularity of Google's Android mobile operating system, according to the firm's first quarter security threat report.

The security firm detected 50 malicious Android applications in the first quarter, written by cybercriminals and distributed via the Android Market.

These malicious programs are repackaged versions of legal software that include malicious Trojan components.

Kaspersky Lab predicts that the number of embedded malicious programs distributed via online app stores will keep increasing because checking the code of newly published applications is highly labour-intensive and difficult to automate.

The situation is further complicated, the firm says, by the fact that personal smartphones are increasingly used to store and send confidential corporate information and that company employees tend to underestimate the importance of protecting data stored on such devices.

The fact that smartphones are likely to be widely adopted as "mobile wallets" in the near future, reinforces the importance of mobile security, says Kaspersky Lab.


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