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How Big a Problem is Malware? By Tim Kridel for Digital Innovation Gazette

If the term "Cabir" rings a bell, it means you`ve been in mobile app development since at least 2004. That`s when Cabir, considered the first known mobile virus, showed up as a proof-of-concept effort.

Since then, mobile devices have become more sophisticated in terms of processing power and connectivity -- which in turn creates more opportunities for malware writers. Just as important, the plethora of real-time operating systems (RTOS) has given way to a handful of smartphone OSs, which make it easier to write once, hack many.

We recently spoke with Trey Wafer, McAfee senior product manager, about how mobile operators, enterprises and security companies are responding to the mobile malware threat. Disclosure: Intel, which owns McAfee, is the sponsor of this content.

A lot of carriers, such as Sprint, offer free anti-malware software to their customers. Do you know the percentage of smartphone owners who either take advantage of that or buy anti-malware software on their own?

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