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Hackers, IT units focusing on smartphone security
駭客、IT部門聚焦於智慧型手機的安全

A model displays a new model in the “One” series of Taiwan’s smartphone maker HTC during a press conference in Taipei on Monday.
一位模特兒週一在記者會上,展示台灣智慧型手機製造商HTC One系列的新款手機。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

Mobile phones, long seen as safe amid rising threats to computer security, have become a key target for hackers and an increasing worry for corporate IT departments.

While the first mobile virus dates back to June 2004, risks from hackers remained limited because of the relatively small size of the market.

But this has changed recently with the surge in the smartphone segment, which this year outgrew the PC market, and the new dominance of Google’s Android software.

The emergence of mobile payments, which allows shoppers simply to swipe their phones at a cash register, is whetting the interest of hackers and data thieves.

“Mobile security has become a major concern since smartphone transactions are now of much higher value, including corporate data access, managing personal finances and online purchases,” said Steven Nathasingh, chief of US research firm Vaxa Inc.

Most consumers have not protected their smartphones. Fewer than five percent of smartphones and tablets are installed with security software, according to Juniper Research.

The research firm expects to see a surge in demand with the total annual market for mobile security software growing to US$3.6 billion (NT$106.6 billion) by 2016.

(Liberty Times)

在電腦安全面臨的威脅日益升高之際,長期以來被認為安全的手機,也成為駭客的主要目標,並使企業資訊科技部門越來越擔憂。

但隨著智慧型手機大行其道,市場規模今年已超越個人電腦,加上Google的Android軟體在市場占領新的主導地位,這種情況近期發生了變化。

允許顧客在收銀機前簡單地刷一下手機就能付款的行動支付方式,正激起駭客和資料竊賊的興趣。

「由於企業資料存取、個人財務管理及線上購物等智慧型手機交易涉及的金額如今高出許多,手機安全已成為一大顧慮」,美國市場研究公司Vaxa Inc主管史帝文‧納塔辛說。

大多數消費者沒有保護他們的智慧型手機。僅有不到百分之五的智慧型手機和平板電腦安裝了安全軟體,據市場調查機構Juniper Research指出。

該研究公司預期行動安全軟體需求激增,到了二○一六年全年市場規模將成長到三十六億美元(新台幣一千零六十六億元)。

(自由時報/翻譯:陳成良)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. outgrow v.

超越 (chao1 yue4)

例: Our family has outgrown our house.

(我家的人口已讓我們的房子不夠住。)

2. whet v.

激起 (ji1 qi3)

例: The episode has whetted their interest.

(這一插曲提高了他們的興趣。)

3. transaction n.

交易 (jiao1 yi4)

例: This card enables you to perform all ATM transactions.

(這張卡能讓你進行所有的自動櫃員機交易。)


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