20 August 2019

Malware attacks on smartphones rising in China, F-Secure says

More mobile malware attacks are expected to occur in China amid the growing use of smartphones, said F-Secure Corp., a Finland-based computer security company.

“The upcoming risks are likely to be seen in mobile platforms as more than 80 percent of malwares come from China,” Sam Lee, regional director of Greater China, told a media briefing in Hong Kong Thursday. Unfortunately, “not all the anti-virus programs work well”.

Infection rate in China is expected to climb as most malware attacks are staged using Chinese websites like Mumayi, Anzhi and Baidu. Hackers may send out some messages asking people to reply in order to get cheaper products, or steal confidential data in computers and ask for money.

In previous years, there were more personal computer-based cases, “but as mobile phone hardware is getting more powerful, the risks of having botnets — the use of phones to attack other phones — will increase, especially in powerful phones,” Lee said.

Many companies or individuals have no idea their devices have already been hacked, said Leung Siu Cheong, senior consultant of the Hong Kong Productivity Council.

He advised enterprises to make back-up and offline files for their data and classify them to provide better security for sensitive information and prevent them from being stolen or hijacked.

–Contact HKEJ at [email protected]





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