With the growing cellular bandwidth, maybe your phone can join a botnet too?
Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2012 - 12:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: symantec, 4g, cell phone, fud
While this could be a bid to convince people that they need to purchase an anti-virus product for their phones, it is also possible that the increase in bandwidth expected from the roll out of 4G in North America could lead to increased attacks on phones. If Windows 7.5 and 8 become popular, it is reasonable to assume that phones running those OSes will be vulnerable to the same types of attacks that would infect their desktop equivalents. Now that phones often sport four cores, sometimes with a companion, they actually have enough processing power that they might worth infecting especially with the added bandwidth that would be available to them. Take a peek at The Inquirer and see if you think this is a valid concern or just an attempt to sell Norton Cellular Protector.
"THE ROLLOUT OF 4G later this year could give way for more high-risk mobile security implications, Symantec has warned.
Speaking to The INQUIRER in an exclusive interview today, the firm's security strategist, Sian John said that threats such as botnets seen in popular desktop operating systems such as Windows could start shifting to mobile devices due 4G's new capabilities."
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