Fortinet Security Research Leads Expertise on Mobile Malware

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sep 22, 2011 – Fortinet® – a leading network security provider and the worldwide leader of unified threat management (UTM) solutions, today announced that in just five years, the number of mobile malware has grown from 52 to over 2,500*. With more than 15 years of experience in cryptology, security protocols and operating systems, Axelle Apvrille has conducted in-depth research on mobile malware such as the Symbian Yxes worm, the Zitmo Trojan and more recently Spitmo, the latest Android malware which intercepts SMS from financial institutions and is the first to spread without the help of Google’s Market or any other third-party markets. The threat of mobile malware is now reality for Android users: records showed that a single malicious sample was downloaded more than 200,000 times**.