Spammers are now targeting Smartphone’s like Blackberry and iPhone. Spammers are seeing these new Smartphone as a new market to spread spam messages. By the end of 2010 there will be around 1.3 Billion computers and 4 Billion Smartphone’s so it makes real sense to target these hand handled devices. Spammers mostly use text messages to spread spam using Smartphone’s. Using Smartphone’s to spread spam messages is much costlier then sending E-Mails.
Neil Cook, vice-president of technology services for Cloudmark, a messaging security company, estimates that penetration of Smartphone needs to reach 20 per cent to 30 per cent before it becomes worthwhile for hackers to spread viruses. Spam is a problem in India and China, and North America and Europe are expected to follow.
Mr Cook said
The rise in spamming and scams boils down to economics. Spammers are really very good businessmen. They see new opportunities and new markets. As new media becomes attractive to spammers, they move in there. They will move anywhere if they can make a return on investment.
32.2 Million Smartphone’s were sold in first three month of this year.
275 Million Smartphone’s will be sold in next year.
4 Billion Will be there by year 2010