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Android is King of Malware, as Attacks Increase 10x: Kaspersky

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Kaspersky android malware

More than 98% of all existing mobile malware targets Android devices, Kaspersky’s recent Mobile Cyber Threats report reveals. For the first time, the report was prepared with some help from Interpol as a result of international cooperation to combat cyber crime.

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Looking back to the analyzed 12-month period (August 1, 2013, through July 31, 2014), Kaspersky highlights the undisputed leadership of Android: Of the 300 million smartphones sold in the second quarter of 2014, Android devices accounted for 85%.

This also means Android-based devices “successfully” attract the attention of cyber criminals: Kaspersky estimates that 98.05% of all existing mobile malware targets Android users. After scanning the existing app storefronts in multiple countries, Kaspersky has found 175,442 instances of new, unique Android malware in the first half of 2014 alone.

To break it down into numbers: During the 12-month period, Kaspersky Lab security products reported 3,408,112 malware detections on the devices of 1,023,202 users. Also, the number of attacks per month increased from the 69,000 reported in August 2013 to 644,000 in March 2014.

The most-affected countries were Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Ukraine, and Germany, with trojans designed to send costly SMS messages being the most widespread malicious program in the analyzed period.

You can read the full report here (via PCWorld).

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  • Chrome262

    That is what 3 malwares per customer? That is crazy.

  • FragilityG4

    The fAndroids always say Android has something iPhone doesn’t!

  • Riddlemethis

    This is really a red herring. The reason for malware on Android is that the iPhone is locked down pretty much unless you jailbreak. For Android users, you need to install an Anti-virus app. I have yet to see one for the iPhone or iPad.

  • Anon

    There is almost no chance of malware infection if preventative measures are in place, coming from someone that uses both. iOS is locked down, comparable to Nazi Germany. There is a price to pay for freedom lol.

  • FragilityG4

    That is the most despicable comment I have ever read. How can anyone in their right mind compare a mobile phone to Nazi Germany? Do you even know the heinous crimes the Nazi regime inflicted upon the world? Can you begin to comprehend the lives needless lost, the families destroyed, the pain and suffering this horrible time in history brought to the world? I hope you think twice the next time you post. Disgusting.

  • Chrome262

    Its all do do with the app store. Apple has more stringent and yes at times draconian approval process. But the end result is you don’t have dubious apps with malware hidden in them. Google says they have improved the process, but there are also so many “app” stores out there it really makes the problem hard to solve. In some countries carriers have their own stores. One other thing, if you give root privileges to any app, you are just begging for an issue. Android is got to be the worse, pieced together, crap version of Lynx I have seen in a while.

  • Anon

    Wow. You total missed the point. Chrome pretty much nailed it. I was referring to iOS’ “draconian” restrictions.

  • FragilityG4

    There is no point when using Nazi Germany as a comparison. I’m sorry it’s in poor taste and shows no class.

  • Anon

    It is quite obvious that it is the controlling governing dictatorship part of Nazi Germany I was comparing it too, that is all. It has nothing to do with the actual war itself, or the events that had occurred. There is no need to get butt-hurt over this.

  • FragilityG4

    Think of another example, there’s no need to mention that evil.

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