Security firm Sophos has updated its Android Mobile Security platform, adding SMS malware blocking capabilities. The company said that its smartphone security platform would protect users by guarding against phishing attacks launched through SMS messages.
By installing a spam filter to screen out numbers associated with mobile phishing scams and malicious URLs, the platform will attempt to thwart cybercriminals looking to operate spam and phishing operations over mobile devices.
The company said that the Mobile Security platform will use a set of filter rules to block out suspicious messages and SMS transmissions from known bad actors and isolate the messages in a special 'quarantine' folder outside of the user inbox.
In doing so, Sophos hopes that to thwart a mobile spam epidemic which is says has impacted some 60 percent of mobile phone owners. The move comes in the wake of efforts by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to use legal means to crack down on businesses that advertise through so-called 'cramming' mobile spam campaigns.
"Even with legal crackdown on mobile spammers, SMS spam continues to grow at a rapid pace, as there are billions of mobile phone subscribers who use text messaging," said Sophos head of product management Thomas Lippert.
"And more spam means greater annoyance and risk to consumers, as many people trust messages that come directly to their phones or don’t necessarily think about what links they’re actually clicking,"
Android in particular has proven a popular target for malware writers. Researchers have reported that malware levels are higher than ever, infecting millions of smartphone owners with premium number diallers and other mobile infections.
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