United Kingdom


  • Service: Advisory, Risk Consulting
  • Type: Press release
  • Date: 14/09/2012

This time it’s personal, as hackers go mobile 

  • Attacking PCs before they leave the factory is first step in new generation of hacktivism
  • Mobile frontier is changing as hackers step up targeting of Tablets and Smart-phones


Stephen Bonner, partner in KPMG’s Information Protection and Business Resilience team comments on news that cyber criminals have successfully installed viruses on PCs before they even leave the factory.  He says:


“Today’s news suggesting hackers can access PCs before they’ve even been sold must also call into question the security of mobile devices. As businesses and consumers share private data on Tablets and Smart-phones a new avenue is emerging for hackers to tap into and it is a growing area for fraud. In once recent case highlighted in KPMG’s Fraud Barometer 340,000 individuals had their personal credit card details stolen from online databases, costing £26.9 million to financial institutions.


“Organisations and their staff have become well-versed in good IT security practice when it comes to PC usage, yet their knowledge is conspicuous by its absence in the world of mobile IT.  They may be aware that malware on their phone gives hackers access to confidential data, but the gap between knowing something and acting on it is giving hackers an unnecessary head start. 


“Rather than leave security to chance organisations should reset devices to factory defaults, removing anything from the free ‘bloat-ware’ programmes that come out of the box.  The rule of thumb should be ‘if you don’t need it, don’t keep it’ so that you are in control of what is left to run on your device.”

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Media enquiries:

Mike Petrook, KPMG Press Office
020 7311 5271 (t), 07917 384 576 (m) or mike.petrook@kpmg.co.uk


About KPMG
KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, is a subsidiary of KPMG Europe LLP and operates from 22 offices across the UK with over 11,000 partners and staff.  The UK firm recorded a turnover of £1.7 billion in the year ended September 2011. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. We operate in 152 countries and have 145,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity.  KPMG International provides no client services.


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