Don't Mistake A Lull In Mobile Virus FUD For Its Disappearance
from the have-they-forgotten-about-us? dept
Just because it’s been a while since we’d talked about a security company spreading some FUD about mobile malware, doesn’t mean that it had stopped. While the main purveyor of the stuff, F-Secure, seems to have chilled out a bit, other vendors are carrying on. This time, it’s Kaspersky, with one of its analysts going into a Faraday cage with a German TV crew, and intentionally infecting a phone with the Cabir virus, so “everyone in the room understood that mobile malware is a real threat.” It certainly is a threat when you infect the phone intentionally and ignore all the warnings it throws up, but the real risk of your phone getting a virus remains negligible. You’ve still got to wonder why, if mobile viruses are so common, why a TV crew would need to go into a Faraday cage (that’s impervious to radio waves, but not to PR stunts) and have to get a security firm to put on this sort of demo. After all, if our phones are at such great risk, couldn’t they have just found somebody with a virus?