BEIJING Jan. 20, 2011
The most widespread virus identified by NetQin in 2010 was called the "Zombie Virus", infecting more than approximately 150 million mobile phones. Zombie Virus variants also infected approximately 400,000 mobile phones in 2010. NetQin’s Cloud-Security Data Center also indicated four additional key findings from its analysis:
- Type of devices: Smartphones are expected to become a growing target in 2011, as hackers increasingly view smartphones as well as tablet PCs as a new attack platform. The increasing number of applications that can be downloaded on mobile devices is a contributing factor to this trend.
- Mobile platforms: Symbian was the most-targeted mobile platform, with 64 percent of all viruses targeting the platform. Android users were affected by approximately 7 percent of the virus attacks and the Android platform is expected to suffer from and increased number of attacks in 2011.
NetQin’s recommends the following tips to help end-users of mobile devices to avoid virus infections:
- Avoid opening SMS, MMS, pictures and hyperlinks from unknown sources, even if the name contains words like "security".
- Keep the SIM card of your device when you have your smartphone repaired.
- Close the Bluetooth function of your device when it is not being used.
- Check your phone bill on a regular basis and in detail to spot any strange occurrences.
- Use mobile security software, such as NetQin’s solutions, to protect your device.
China August 2010
SOURCE NetQin Mobile Inc.