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Android has seen a sharp increase in malware levels in Q2

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Android has seen a sharp increase in malware levels in Q2
Security company Kaspersky Labs has informed its audience that it has seen an almost threefold increase in the number of new malicious apps in its databases during Q2 2012.

In Q1, the newly-discovered malware apps were about 5,441, while the second quarter brought 14,923 more - a dramatic increase over previous periods. Kaspersky explains these numbers with the growing interest in mobile devices, as well as the enormous market share that Android has.

Apparently, most of these malicious apps (about 49%) happen to be multi-functional Trojans, designed to steal various kinds of information like contacts, email addresses, and phone numbers. About 25% of the discovered malware is categorized as SMS Trojans, which are those apps that can secretly send SMS messages to premium numbers, without you even knowing.

Android has seen a sharp increase in malware levels in Q2
Meanwhile, a significantly smaller part (18%) are those apps which aim to take full control over the user's phone... scary stuff indeed! Finally, the most dangerous malware, according to Kaspersky - the Trojan Spy, was discovered in about 2% of the new malicious software. The Trojan Spy's goal is to provide bank account access to its maker. Geez, sounds like a good reason to for us to pay extra attention to the apps we're downloading!

via: SlashGear

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posted on 16 Aug 2012, 05:07 9

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Wow.......Sad to say.....but the more android continues to become like a PC the more it will see viruses like on a PC! Gotta do something about this quick android..

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 05:49 2

3. aaronkatrini (Posts: 236; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


thats right! :) that the pros about android "like a PC"
well i think google should create sort of "google trusted" scheme for every app they've analyzed and leave all other apps "not reviewed"

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 07:10 1

9. Aeires (unregistered)


They've already added the Trusted Developer status so that was a help.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 07:46 2

11. aaronkatrini (Posts: 236; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


yes but this doesnt promote small developers to get their app to success !

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 07:01 2

8. MeoCao (unregistered)


Success always comes with price

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 05:23 3

2. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


No one cares, lol. This is the same as it's always been. Just watch what you download.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 06:01 5

5. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Exactly, just be careful of what you download and what app you install. Just like a PC never download a untrusted file or an app...
and yes most important keep an Antivirus, there are lots of free Antivirus on the Play Store
Avast
Symantec
AVG
and many more....

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 05:51

4. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


"malware" means just = "an app by user downloaded, accepted its permissions and installed"

so malware for Android does NOT EXIST!

and this means democracy: we can install what we want.....it is not a dictate where you can or can not install (iPhone, iPad)....thank you for that!

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 06:09 8

6. aaronkatrini (Posts: 236; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


wrong my fellow!
as you quoted: "an app by user downloaded, accepted its permissions and installed" = TROJAN = MALWARE (thus malware for android exists!)
we (android users) must be very careful when installing non-market apps... just yesterday i installed a .apk found on 4shared and coudn't access settings anymore.. luckly i got rid of the app and now is everything running.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 07:22 1

10. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


no, it was your fault because you were irresponsible.......this irresponsible behaviour wouldnt stop even the best antivirus like on Windows

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 07:50 7

12. aaronkatrini (Posts: 236; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


i believe you thumbed me down.. thats ok... a smart chinese proverb says "open the street to the fool", but bear in ear my advice, dont talk about smth you dont know with someone you dont know,,, he may know things you dont :)
as for your response, i dont want to start a fight here on PA but seriosly how dare you acuse me for being irresponsible, dafuq are you?
and as for the record I (as a android app developer) could publish a malware app on the play store and everyone who installs get the malware... this UN-irresponsible behaviour could lead to an infection...
PS thumb me down as much as you want, you wont change the facts ;)

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 09:54 1

17. paulyyd (Posts: 320; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


hahahahahah "dafuq"

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 14:52 1

20. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


Do you want to tell me it was not your fault you installed a bad app? :-D
So ok, yoe were not irresponsible but a fool.....your choice :)

Yes you can upload malware.....you even can murder some one......but before you have to tell some one you are going to kill him as it works so with Android ;)

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 15:16 2

22. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Android app dev? Cool! Link me to some of your apps?

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 06:24 1

7. vickygamit (Posts: 29; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


but android is still safe!!

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 07:53 8

13. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Are the viruses created by the anti virus software designers ?

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 09:50 2

16. networkdood (Posts: 5538; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


in some cases, yes....it is a scam, partially

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 09:19 2

14. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


And you need to get the PAID version of kaspersky to protect your phone from such threats!.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 09:50 2

15. networkdood (Posts: 5538; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Never had one issue with malware on my android army of phones....

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 10:40 2

18. Sniggly (Posts: 6490; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Same old story, same old response.

I know what the haters will say, you know what I will say.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 14:53

21. OSFantasma (Posts: 119; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


your right about that... but it would be awesome if google did something that would shut all the loudmouths up..

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 14:51

19. OSFantasma (Posts: 119; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


My grand idea and i hope google has it 2 is to merge the chrome tech and the android tech to make a great malicious free product that auto-updates and manufacturers won't have to worry about updates to the core system it would be up to google to do that. but i doubt that will happen.. a least for now..

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 23:50

23. shuaibhere (Posts: 902; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Just go and see reviews before download guys....that's all problem solved...

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