首页  | 新闻播报

Smartphones easy game for hackers

中国日报网 2013-07-10 10:18

Get Flash Player

Download

Mobile devices have become a key target for hackers, as the amount of malicious software, or malware, on the devices has soared since last year, a new report says.

More than 160,000 malware samples on mobile Internet devices were found in 2012, about 25 times more than in 2011, according to security companies and the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team and Coordination Center.

More than 80 percent of the malware targeted smartphones that use the Android operating system, and most was downloaded through smartphone application stores and forums, the center said.

Security on mobile Internet devices is more serious than traditional cyberthreats, said Du Yuejin, the center's deputy chief technology officer. Hackers are increasingly exploiting downloaded software on smartphones through app stores, Du said.

"User information on smartphones is the target of hackers," Du said. "Meanwhile, a mobile device can stay online for quite a long time, which provides the time attackers need to get what they want."

Security threats come mostly from malware, but malware is difficult to detect when people download apps, he said.

The center screened about 2 million mobile software programs sold in various Chinese app stores.

About 800,000 programs had more than 7,000 malware programs, which were downloaded more than 100 million times.

Malware surfs the Internet and sends messages without the users' knowledge after stealing data, Du said.

"Mobile users should enhance their awareness of the problem, but it's more important to urge our security companies to take precautionary measures," he said.

Zhang Zhenghua, chief adviser of the cloud ecology system at Baidu, a major online search engine, agreed, saying his company has invested 100 million yuan ($16.3 million) on improving cybersecurity.

So far, the company has identified 60 million fake websites and kicked 170,000 unqualified users off line, Zhang said.

By April, China had 808 million mobile Internet users, an annual increase of 20 percent.

The number of people surfing the Internet with smartphones is now 787 million, according to the China Association of Communication Enterprises.

Questions:

1. What is the latest target for hackers?

2. How many mobile Internet users are in China?

3. How many are using smartphones to surf the Internet?

Answers:

1. Mobile devices.

2. 808 million.

3. 787 million.

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

About the broadcaster:

Nelly Min is an editor at China Daily with more than 10 years of experience as a newspaper editor and photographer. She has worked at major newspapers in the U.S., including the Los Angeles Times and the Detroit Free Press. She is also fluent in Korean.

中国日报网英语点津版权说明:凡注明来源为“中国日报网英语点津:XXX(署名)”的原创作品,除与中国日报网签署英语点津内容授权协议的网站外,其他任何网站或单位未经允许不得非法盗链、转载和使用,违者必究。如需使用,请与010-84883561联系;凡本网注明“来源:XXX(非英语点津)”的作品,均转载自其它媒体,目的在于传播更多信息,其他媒体如需转载,请与稿件来源方联系,如产生任何问题与本网无关;本网所发布的歌曲、电影片段,版权归原作者所有,仅供学习与研究,如果侵权,请提供版权证明,以便尽快删除。
本文相关阅读
5af95d3ba3103f6866ee845a

BlackBerry unveils two new smartphones

5af95d3ba3103f6866ee845a

Smartphone users victims of scams

订阅和关注
人气排行