On Mobile Malware Infections

N. Asokan - Aalto University

Nov. 28, 2014, 2:30 p.m. - None

MC 12


Concerns about mobile malware are not new. There is a steady stream of news stories about the exponential growth of malware targeted at specific smartphone operating systems. Yet, anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that malware infection of smartphones in the wild is not at the same scale as malware infection of personal computers. Recently, we set out to accurately measure malware infection rates on Android devices (http://se-sy.org/projects/malware/). In this talk, I will describe our experiences, some lessons learnt, and our attempts at using inexpensive risk indicators to predict susceptibility of a device for infection.

N. Asokan is a professor of computer science and engineering at Aalto University and professor of computer science at University of Helsinki. Prior to joining academia, he spent over fifteen years in industrial research at IBM Zurich Research Laboratory and Nokia Research Center. Asokan is interested in understanding how build systems that are sufficiently secure, easy to use and inexpensive to deploy. For more information about his work, see http://asokan.org/asokan/