Are our mobile phones being swamped with malware?
Calgary startup Wedge Networks claims that as much as 90% of data uploaded from mobile phones is malware. What's more, says Wedge COO Steve Chappell, operators don't see it as a problem - “as long as customers are paying for their data.”
Wedge's figures are impossible to verify, but it does have some smart SDN-enabled data inspection technology that can peer into massive volumes of data in real-time.
Wedge has found that 89%-91% of data uploaded from Bharti Airtel users, and nearly 90% of data from customers of Thailand's TOT, is infected. Similar results were found in the data traffic of operators in other markets, Chappell said.
The malware does not pose a threat to handsets or users. “The aim is to be disseminated,” Chappell points out. But those who created the threats are exploiting the meagre level of security in consumer devices.
While operators are indifferent to the threat to users, they insist that the malware be removed before entering their backbones, reaping huge savings.
Chappell says by taking advantage of the flexibility of SDN, Wedge's solutions have the ability to scale enormously. Indeed, the company has just landed a contract with an unnamed Middle East government to provide real-time 'web filtering' over a 40Gbps data stream - an impressive technology achievement (that it is being primarily used to block politically objectionable websites is less so).
The technology was developed by co-founders CEO Hongwen Zhang and chief scientist Husam Kinawi as postgrads at Calgary University.
Wedge has just completed a $10 million B funding round. Bell Canada, Mitsubishi and China data center firm 21 Vianet are customers, while Comcast is conducting proof of concept tests.