The number of threats to smartphones and Tablets increased by 150 per cent in the second half of 2011, according to a report from online security company G Data. Android seems to have been targeted in particular, with attacks increasing eight-fold over the period.

“Cyber criminals attack where there is profit,” says Eddy Willems, G Data security evangelist. “It may therefore be no surprise that malware writers are focusing more attention on smartphones and tablets, as more and more people are using these devices. The fact that few users have a security solution on their mobile device to protect against attacks also makes it easier for cyber criminals to steal personal information, valuable corporate information and money”.