August 19, 2010, 11:35AM
Since at least the time of the iPhone's introduction in 2007, -Smart mobile phones have been moving toward their inevitable evolutionary destiny of becoming full-on handheld computers, complete with complex operating systems, the ability to run multiple applications and store large amounts of data. And for just as long, researchers have said that the attackers would begin focusing on mobile platforms as soon as they could figure out a way to make money on it. That time appears to be now.
The appearance last week of the Android SMS Trojan, which fires off multiple text messages to premium rate numbers controlled by the attackers, is the latest and perhaps most prominent example of efforts by online criminal groups to make money from attacks on mobile devices. But the Android Trojan isn't the first such attack and it most definitely won't be the last, experts say.