Juniper Networks Security Business global product marketing VP, Michael Callahan, said with mobile malware on the rise and attackers becoming increasingly clever, users and corporations need better protection for mobile.
"While on one hand the OEMs, carriers and software vendors must collaborate to develop platforms that mitigate large threats, enterprises and government organisations need to take a comprehensive look at protecting their data and networks by adopting a holistic approach to mobile security," Callahan said.
The MTC is said to have identified more than 500 third-party Android application stores worldwide, which are highly vulnerable to mobile malware, and it has been found that about 60% of these stores are from either China or Russia.
Around 73% of all known malware are FakeInstallers or SMS Trojans, which take advantage of holes in mobile payments to make a profit.
Juniper Networks found that, besides malicious apps, several legitimate free apps could pose a risk of leaking corporate data on devices.
It was also revealed that free mobile apps are three times more likely to track location and two and half times more likely to access user address books than the paid apps.
The component of free apps requesting/gaining access to account information increased to 10.5% in May 2013, up from 5.9% in October 2012.
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