Industry Leaders Collaborate to Combat 'Borderless' Threats to Mobile Ecosystem

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MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS — Industry leaders including AdaptiveMobile, PCCW, PhonepayPlus, Syniverse and Verizon have called for greater collaboration across the industry to tackle the rising numbers of mobile threats crossing international and technology borders. Attendees at the Mobile World Congress Mobile Security Forum unilaterally agreed upon the need for greater collaboration and stronger measures to combat mobile attacks — including malware, spam and viruses — that no longer respect international boundaries. 

During the session, AdaptiveMobile gave concrete examples of the sophisticated nature of the threats facing borderless networks today, captured in the launch of its seventh Global Security Insights in Mobile (GSIM) report. 

“Modern mobile threats have no regard for international or technology borders," said Brian Collins, CEO of AdaptiveMobile. “We have seen the rise of a new generation of sophisticated, persistent attacks launched across multiple vectors and aimed at multiple countries. The need for greater collaboration between regulators, security bodies, operators and public sector organizations to tackle these issues is clear."

More than 250 forum attendees listened to speakers discuss the latest generation of challenges facing mobile operators and users. PhonepayPlus announced its strategy for developing effective partnerships with stakeholders, processes for intelligence gathering and enforcement action, as well as the launch of a scenario workshop to test malware attack scenarios, taking definitive action against these problems.

The Mobile Security Forum also highlighted the findings of AdaptiveMobile’s latest GSIM report (GSIM VII). The report outlines how criminals are increasingly taking advantage of the open nature of modern mobile networks to design new scams and threats. AdaptiveMobile has seen a number of threats that target multiple regions, including a US company promoting a battery charger app in 12 countries across every continent which tricked users into upgrading to a premium rate service which then charged users a significant fee every two weeks. The report also includes a checklist for operators who are rolling out LTE, and considering RCS, to help ensure that existing borderless threats do not exploit their investments in LTE.

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