Italy leader in mobile attacks

According to the last "State of the Internet Report, 2nd Quarter 2010" [1] released by Akamai Technologies, Inc., Italy represents the chief source of mobile internet cyber attacks, emerging on countries such as Brazil, Chile, China and Russia.

Most of the attacks coming from mobile networks, according to the statistics, are targeted against specific services - 84% of mobile attacks are concentrated against Microsoft file sharing services -.

Recent reports from Milan's Politecnico School of Management highlights how flourishing the Italian mobile internet market is: up to July 2010, it has been estimated that nearly 11 millions of users connect to Internet via their smartphone, with a business market of about 550 millions of euros, and forecasts expect that in 2013 mobile phones will have possibly overcome PCs as main internet connectivity device; social networking and mobile applications better represent current mobile internet usage habits.

New business models and opportunities will be attractive topics for enterprises, telecommunications operator and individual users; though, these opportunities will inevitably lead to serious securityrisk scenarios: so far little has been done on this side, and soon it should be taken a stand with a prompt coordinate reaction plan at national level involving relevant parties from telco operators, governments and cybersecurity organizations.