More smartphone malware on the way

I've always taken reports of mobile phone malware with a pinch of salt, mainly because most of the cellular handsets I've encountered have not exactly set the world on fire when it comes to operating systems.

Well, all of that is about to change, as reports from the US suggest that business people there are scooping up the latest generation of PDAphones with a vengeance.

According to McAfee Avert Labs, US users will see a significant increase in mobile malware in the next eight to 12 months.

David Marcus, McAfee Avert's security research and communications manager, says that his company's research suggests that, as mobile users start carrying out transactions on their smartphones, so the incidence of malware infections will soar.

McAfee has released a paper that identifies a number of threats against mobile users, but the most interesting aspect of the research is that the latest malware is largely platform independent, as the hackers are reportedly just after punter's personal data.

I have my doubts on this, as most of the malware I've seen to date has focused on the Symbian or Windows Mobile platforms.

The bottom line is that most mobiles simply aren't powerful enough to execute malware-driven transactions. Okay, Java is great for gaming, but for e-banking?

Not really...