Threats to mobile devices, notably Android smartphones, which are the primary targets of all mobile malware, continue to grow. In comparison, mobile security threats targeted at Apple devices remains low. Cybercriminals are crafting pieces of malware that take advantage of mobile users’ frequent use of app stores with one-click payment options and new tap-and-pay kiosks that enable seamless purchases without cash or a credit card. Malware authors are also going on the defense, creating apps that effectively block security updates from installation on a device, leaving the mobile user unable to remove a malware infection from a smartphone or tablet, or even vulnerable to new threats.
In its annual outlook on the threat landscape, McAfee Labs researchers predict these three threats will have a major impact on smartphones and tablets in 2013: