Mobile malware

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Mobile malware is software created to infect or gain access mobile devices such as cell phones, tablets, and PDAs.


Mobile malware was initially considered to be a hoax until it became obvious this malicious software existed and functioned. The earliest recorded mobile malware was called Cabir. It was released in 2004 and was designed to infect Symbian OS platforms via a Bluetooth connection. It was essentially harmless, but nonetheless proved to the public that worms could be found on mobile devices.

Recent Trends

Since mobile devices usually contain private and valuable information, mobile malware has recently began moving toward having a specific purpose (usually exploiting information) as opposed to viruses created solely for bragging rights.

External Links

A Quick Guide To Mobile Malware

A Survey of Mobile Malware in the Wild

6 Mobile Malware Trends for 2012

Wikipedia entry regarding mobile malware