Businesses’ use of consumer-focused devices has made it 10 times easier for criminals to monetise their cyber scams, according to security firm AVG.
AVG chief technology officer (CTO) Yuval Ben-Itzhak made the claim during a press session attended by V3, arguing that businesses’ use of devices, such as the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S4, has made 2013 a golden year for cyber crime.
He highlighted the threat of Trojan and malware-laden applications targeting open ecosystems, such as Google Android, as a particularly pressing concern.
“One of the most exciting things about mobile devices is of course the apps. We have on the AVG user base, 44 million active users and on average people download about 60 different apps to their device. For the hackers this environment is heaven,” he said.