Gartner Research

Proliferating Mobile Transaction Attack Vectors and What to Do About Them

Published: 01 March 2013

ID: G00249766

Analyst(s): Sandy Shen , John Girard, Avivah Litan

Summary

Mobile transaction attack vectors are rampant, although hackers have yet to fully exploit them. This situation will change dramatically in the next three years. This research explores the attack vectors and offers mitigation advice.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Mobile transactions are open to a wide range of attacks (such as phishing, man-in-the-browser and man-in-the-mobile attacks) that take advantage of unsecure communication channels, such as SMS and mobile browsers
    • Issues With SMS
    • Issues With Mobile Browsers and Mobile-Enabled Browsers
    • Issues With Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD)
  • Data entered or accepted on mobile devices is typically unencrypted by default, causing security weaknesses and risk of data theft
  • The rush to deploy mobile applications has typically been at the expense of well-thought-out and secure design and support processes, and infections via mobile apps downloaded from app stores to mobile devices are a significant threat
    • Mobile Apps and App Store Issues

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