Juniper networks finds mobile threats continue rampant growth as attackers become more entrepreneurial

Security Research Shows Mobile Attackers Continue to Reap Rewards as Attacks Grow More Calculated

 SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 26, 2013) - Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), the industry leader in network innovation, today released its third annual Mobile Threats Report showing the rapid growth and evolution of mobile malware into a profitable business for attackers. From March 2012 through March 2013, the Juniper Networks Mobile Threat Center (MTC) -- a global research facility dedicated to around-the-clock mobile security and privacy research -- found mobile malware threats growing at a rapid rate of 614 percent to 276,259 total malicious apps, demonstrating an exponentially higher cyber criminal interest in exploiting mobile devices.

Additionally, it is clear from developments in the threat landscape that malware writers are increasingly behaving like profit-motivated businesses when designing new attacks and malware distribution strategies. Attackers are maximizing their return on investment by focusing 92 percent of all MTC detected threats at Android, which has a commanding share of the global smartphone market. According to analyst firm Canalys, Android devices accounted for 67.7 percent of all smartphones shipped in 2012 and is projected to ship more than 1 billion smartphones in 2017. Attackers are also leveraging loosely regulated third-party app marketplaces to distribute malware and more quickly get threats on the market.

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