Yesterday's hot, new technology is all too often today's big, new security headache. This is seemingly now the case when it comes to insurers and their embrace of mobile computing technology.

As insurers move to exploit devices based on operating systems such Google's Android and Apple's iOS in an effort to woo customers and empower employees, data thieves are creating a witches' brew of Trojans, worms, viruses and botnets built especially for these mobile platforms. A new report from Santa Clara, Calif.-based McAfee, "Threats Report: Fourth Quarter 2010," quantifies the scope of the problem, noting the number of pieces of new smartphone malware it found in 2010 rose 46% over the level detected in 2009.

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