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Alert over 27pc cybercrime rise

CYBERCRIMINALS have ramped up their attempts to steal information from individuals and organisations by 27pc.

There has been an "unprecedented explosion" in malicious apps on iPhone and Android systems, a new report has found.

A total of 25,000 Android malware apps have been identified as of the second quarter of 2012, an increase of 317pc over the number of samples in just three months.

The increasingly targeted and personalised attacks have led to more than 140m attacks in the first half of the year.

These attacks, that were blocked by Trend Micro, have jumped by 27pc from the same period last year.

Trend Micro, whose EMEA headquarters are located in Cork, said that there were 142m threats which were blocked.

The report also outlines increasingly sophisticated attacks against individuals.

Police Trojan Attacks and the Black Hole Exploit Kit continue to target desktop systems while newer platforms such as Android are seeing more malicious apps.

Robert McArdle, senior threat researcher based at Trend Micro's EMEA Operations in Cork said that more sophisticated attack tools, like the automatic transfer systems, allow criminals to steal banking information when they are not online.

"While Trend Micro has been integral in working with authorities to break up a number of cybercriminal rings, these cybercriminals have acquired new techniques and tools to accelerate their 'industry.' The fact is business is booming for cybercrime."