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Mobile is the New Malware

Well, not really. Mobile has been an increasing threat for quite some time.

Well, not really. Mobile has been an increasing threat for quite some time. But according to FierceCIO, Android is getting hit pretty hard in the malware department, making it as vulnerable as desktop Windows: More malware is targeting Android devices, and its looking more like Windows malware than just a mobile app, says Kaspersky Lab in its latest IT Threat Evolution report.

CSO Online, in a related report, noted: "The difference between Windows and Android malware is that the latter is evolving much quicker, as criminals borrow from what they learned in targeting PCs since the 1990s." Indeed, one such malware identified by Kaspersky--named Backdoor.AndroidOS.Obad--makes use of sophisticated tricks, such as encryption and code obfuscation, to stymie analysis.

To top it off, the malware also exploits three previously unknown vulnerabilities in the Android operating system. The fact that the hackers are using security to throw off detection and fixes makes it more critical than ever for businesses to lock down data at the source. Between BYOD and compromised mobile platforms, anything and anyone that accesses data should be considered a threat. Don't risk your data. Period. Mask it now.