BARCELONA -- Cloudmark Inc., the global leader in carrier-grade messaging security, today announced new research into mobile messaging abuse trends in Asia, North America and Europe that point to a precipitous rise in mobile spam, phishing and virus attacks in 2008.
Cloudmark solutions currently protect more than 300 million inboxes (including 100 million mobile accounts) for more than 100 of the world's largest mobile and fixed line operators, including Sprint/Nextel, Earthlink, Comcast and Swisscom. In the past year, Cloudmark has worked closely with leading mobile operators across the globe to help them address the growing issue of mobile spam and malware. As a result of these discussions and through analysis of operators' mobile traffic data, Cloudmark is able to offer unique insight into the mobile threat trends operators and consumers are likely to face in the near future.
While the sophistication of mobile threats and delivery protocols differ from region to region, all signs point to a global rise in mobile spam and malware. Factors such as the continued growth of mobile messaging, reductions in message delivery costs, inherent network vulnerabilities and new mobile marketing initiatives are converging to create a perfect storm for mobile messaging abuse.