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CA: Don't Believe The Mobile Malware Hype

CA reacted sharply this week to a deal by Finnish security vendor F-Secure to provide mobile antivirus service to a U.K. telecommunications company.

On Monday, CA issued a statement from its European offices that claimed F-Secure was trying to boost its sales by hyping the malware threat to mobile devices, said Sam Curry, vice president of product management at CA, Islandia, N.Y.

"The only [mobile malware] we are seeing is proof-of-concept," Curry said. "There are no worms or trojans that are a massive threat [to mobile devices]."

CA's statement, as well as public comments made in the past week by Simon Perry, European vice president of security for CA, came in response to a deal announced July 12 by Helsinki, Finland-based F-Secure and Orange Personal Communications Services, according to Curry. The pact calls for F-Secure to provide its F-Secure Mobile Anti-Virus service to Orange UK in the third quarter, he said.

In an e-mail to CRN, Mikko Hypponen, manager of antivirus research at F-Secure, said mobile malware is a real threat and his company isn't hyping it.

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