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Apple, smartphones will be top targets of malicious activity in 2011, says McAfee

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 28 Dec 2010 18:09 User comments (8)

Apple, smartphones will be top targets of malicious activity in 2011, says McAfee Security company McAfee has listed its expected 2011 "targets" for malicious activity, claiming Apple devices, smartphones, URL shorteners and geo-location services will be at the top of the list.
"We've seen significant advancements in device and social-network adoption, placing a bulls-eye on the platforms and services users are embracing the most," adds Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs (via Cnet). "These platforms and services have become very popular in a short amount of time, and we're already seeing a significant increase in vulnerabilities, attacks and data loss."

Apple, for example, has long been seen as "more secure" or "safer" than its Windows counterparts, but digging deeper into the matter has always resulted in the same conclusion. Apple devices appear safer because virus writers have not taken the time to write for them. Why waste time trying to infect 9 percent of the world's PCs, when you can take just as much time to write code that could infect the other 91? However, now that Apple devices,(Macs or iOS) are practically in every household, McAfee says the company will become a much larger target.

Additionally, URL shorteners used maliciously will continue to grow, as Twitter users have already become accustomed to clicking through shortened links without even checking the link preview.

Geo-location services, along with social networking sites, will give cybercriminals a chance to "target" attacks. Says McAfee:
"In just a few clicks, cybercriminals can see in real time who is tweeting, where they are located, what they are saying, what their interests are, and what operating systems and applications they are using. This wealth of personal information on individuals enables cybercriminals to craft a targeted attack."

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8 user comments

128.12.2010 19:27

ooooooooooooooooooooooook just how the hell does Mcafee know this info

228.12.2010 20:44

McAfee,

Breaking and fixing you computer since 1987.


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328.12.2010 23:02

Why won't anyone target McAfee?



429.12.2010 0:38

Fear mongering is the best way to rip off consumers. No one should buy into this crap until they can prove it. I haven't seen any numbers yet to support this claim, and never experienced a virus with a phone. But, knowing McAfee they'll probably make a mistake with virus or malware definitions and hose people's phones just like they did in the PC version

But since they brought this up, I have a hunch that virus's will come out for phones, and virus companies will be the ones who write them just so they can make a buck.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 29 Dec 2010 @ 1:00

529.12.2010 5:19

of course crapAfee says cellphones are going to need an antivirus in 2011, I wonder who will supply the antivirus/firewall programs for this.....hmmmm I wonder? Could it be, no if couldn't could it?? Is crapAfee going to make a smartphone antivirus program??

629.12.2010 6:13

I fully agree with the previous comments; McAfee is clearly trying to catch new customers by making them fear a questionable danger.

But the truth is that there are quite some virus and antivirus for smartphones out there already. Anyway, the best antivirus is the common sense. Most of the things people call virii nowadays are not taking advantage of security flaws of the underlying OS, but suspicious stuff that dumb users receive from untrusted sources and then run by themselves at their own risk.

And, of course, that risk gets exponentially larger as the platform spreads. That's why most malware that exists right now are intended to harm computers based on Windows, but not all of it.


"You know, it seems that quotes on the internet are becoming less and less reliable." -Abraham Lincoln.

729.12.2010 9:26

Fanboys please don't buy the hype and get virus protection!
We've been telling you for years the crapintosh is not virus proof but only not a worthwhile target. Let's see who's right???

and no I am not working for an antivirus company.


Just my $0.02,

dEwMe

830.12.2010 19:29

I dont care my personal computers dont hold any information about me anyways. so steal what ever ya want. hackers. please do go after those junk macs anyways.


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