Security breaches in mobile: The worst of 2011-2012 (so far)


The latest edition of Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report, which examines various security risks over the past year, found an overall increase in malware and other threats. While the majority of security threats still affect PCs, the report shows a steady increase in mobile malware. The results of such offenses include collecting users' secure data, sending spam messages, downloading malicious code, spying on the user and a variety of other unsavory activities.

Moreover, last year legislators in both the U.S. House and Senate proposed new restrictions on how mobile users' location data can be collected, with an emphasis on having companies like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) obtain consent from mobile users before sharing any information with third parties.

It's clear that the issue of mobile security is gaining prominence, and those in the industry will need to be aware of the situation. Thus, FierceMobileContent looked at some of the major security threats from the past year and how they've affected the mobile experience. How have vendors, carriers and users changed their behavior to prevent and prepare for future attacks? Here are some of the more notorious mobile security blunders from the past year:   

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Android malware
Apple's location tracking
Carrier IQ
Facebook's flaw
O2's mobile numbers
Path's plist
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