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Android malware is twice as common now as it was half a year ago

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Android malware is twice as common now as it was half a year ago
Android devices make up for nearly half of all smartphones and that might be the main reason behind the growing number of malware infected content. Actually, now you're 2.5 times more likely to stumble upon a virus or malware of some kind than you were six months ago, mobile security company Lookout summed up.

"This number is likely so high because users on mobile devices often encounter threats targeting PCs--people read email, Facebook messages, text messages, and tweets on their phones just as they do on their PCs," Lookout says.

Android malware is twice as common now as it was half a year ago
It has also estimated that the number of infected apps has grown from 80 to the whopping 400, while nearly 500,000 people were affected by malware on Android in the first half of the year alone. The sampling size however is what matters most, and for Lookout it's 700,000 Android and iOS applications and 10 million Android-powered devices.

Where is the threat coming from? First is DroidDream, found in some applications which later infected your phone with a trojan, and second is GGTracker which tries to trick you that it is the Android Market and then you download an app signing you up for premium text message subscription. A little caution goes a long way, and in the latter case you can protect yourself by paying extra attention as the Android Market for example would never open in the browser.

Android malware is twice as common now as it was half a year ago
Curiously, the report also suggests that even when picking your apps carefully you could still get infected by first downloading a benign app, which then upon update is changed to contain malware. Have you personally had any malware-related problems on your device? Feel free to share in the comments below.

source: Lookout via CNET


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posted on 03 Aug 2011, 07:22 10

1. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Thats worrysome. You got to be careful when your os is so open.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 07:25 8

2. android_hitman (Posts: 666; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


yeah! let's do it like apple! close everything and bow to steve

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 07:51 11

6. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Oh yeah, let's be like Android and open everything up making an unstable, buggy, half-baked OS that's hardly ever updated from the problems that continues to be prevalent.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 12:31 3

46. Ionious (unregistered)


Sir, have you ever used an android device for a couple of hours?
I thought so.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 14:28 4

64. donzere88 (Posts: 6; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


Biophone has a good point, i mean an open os has its pros and cons and this is one of the horrible cons peeps..

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 18:12

96. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Yeah the was really my point donezer88. There are pros and con with a open os and you should be careful what you download because it won't necessarily work as advertised. Thats been said there a many pros such a its up to you and not google.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 16:06 1

78. Phoneguy007 (Posts: 218; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


cant have it all...... either open and some problems or closed and almost none! notice I said almost

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 07:36 6

5. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4417; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


It has nothing to do with being "so open" as you say, it's about popularity. A person who creates malware, wants his or her creation to hit as many people as possible. Since Android is the #1 mobile OS in the world, THEY will target Android. Even Apple’s iOS lately has been getting attacked. No OS is more secure than the other. If someone has the will, malware will get sent regardless of which OS they target!

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 07:54 8

10. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


If yOu create an app with malware it wont get approved by apple

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 08:01 4

16. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4417; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Apple has many issues with iOS. Please don't even go there. You definitely know better than that! If you read PhoneArena.com then you are aware of Apple’s iOS problems! I am not even going to entertain that! Thanks but no thanks!

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 18:17 2

97. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I never said that apple doesn't have security flaws. I was talking about the market and the app store. I don't know why you are taking offense to this its not a criticism of android. Everything in life has pros and cons and so do does android and iOS. All i am saying is that when you are open you should be careful. Even in this article they state "Curiously, the report also suggests that even when picking your apps carefully you could still get infected by first downloading a benign app, which then upon update is changed to contain malware." So I hope you don't get a virus and no one does but be careful!

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 04:39

141. SuperAndroidEvo.loser (unregistered)


dude u gotta understand that being open source will def invite probs! its not the point which of OS is #1, but its the point of which OS is easier to break open & infect!

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 10:18 10

34. dandirk (unregistered)


I agree with biophone. Apple may have some issues but malware apps on their market is not one of them. At least not in any # that matters.

As everyone knows Apps are the #1 way to get malware right now. I am sure there are some drive-bys on the web but we haven't heard about those nearly as much (if at all)

Their approval process weeds out the malware... it would be interesting to see how many Apple rejects due to suspect code/behavior.

This is the nature of the beast though... Android has an open market with more selection of "competing OS apps". Apple has a tighter market that limits app selection AND malware.

imho Google should approve apps, just not to the degree Apple does. They could just reject based on malicious code.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 12:03 5

42. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


no, they just had a massive security flaw that let hackers remote into your iPhone and steal all your data in like 10 seconds. The iphone is also the easiest phone to hack at national hacking competitions. Android hasnt been cracked yet.

Android malware is NOT a problem.. its flame bait.

Its really easy to not have to worry about malware. Read the comments from other users and dont download weird programs. Boom.. problem solved.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 12:45 2

48. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


"Android malware is NOT a problem.. its flame bait."


This is why I say you're a troll. It's obvious there's a problem, but you won't admit any flaws on android.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 14:38 5

67. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


And you won't admit any issues whatsoever with iOS, so there we go.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 14:47 4

70. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4417; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I on this very website read about the issues iOS has. I can admit that Android has some security issues, but why can't the iSheep own up to the FACT that iOS does have problems or issues if you will?

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 16:13 4

79. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


400 known malware programs among 700,000 total applications is not a big issue.
its 0.00057%


That is NOT an issue

Also, when google becomes aware of malware apps, they do delete them from the market. Its not like it just sits there forever and noone does anything about it.

Again, its easy to not get affected by malware. Dont download unknown comments in a foriegn language with no user comments. Other users will let u know if its a bad program. Also, dont download NONmarket apps.

There was no mention if these apps were all in the market or if they were gotten from alternate websites. My guess would be many of them are found on alternate app locations like those sites that give you "free" versions of paid apps.

This is just flame bait for iDiots who dont know basic math and get all excited over anything that looks bad for their precious iCompetitor.

Thanks for proving my point, taco.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 20:14

113. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


So 500,000 people affected is a non issue? That's half a million users.

Where have I flaimed android in here? Please show me.


Below is a link of remix trolling back in 2009. That's when the storm and VZW were the peak of perfection. Check it out lol.


http://www.phonearena.com/news/Verizon-exit-survey-wants-to-know-if-iPhone-was-the-reason-you-left-Big-Red_id4304

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 22:22 2

120. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


taco,

you call that trolling? REALLY?? Giving a truthful real life store experience and some truth about VZW is trolling? lol..

or is it just that my opinion doesnt match yours? Yea, I think thats more like it.

The only troll in this conversation is you. Im pretty sure most of the board members would agree with that.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 22:31

122. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Funny how when you worked for VZW then Verizon was the best and now you work for T Mobile and they're the best. Comparing the first Storm to an iPhone shows you're biased and a troll. That phone was clearly a piece of junk and not in the same league.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 22:52 1

127. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i owned the storm, and i had one of the few that worked well. It was a great phone. I enjoyed it immensly. My opinion hasnt changed. I'd still take that storm over an iphone 2g/3g any day of the week. I like MMS, Cut n paste, multi tasking, and the dozens of other things I use on a daily basis that the Storm could do that the iphone 2g/3g couldnt. The fact that there ended up being severe manufacturing flaws (which werent known during that link that you posted, dumbass) has nothing to do with my opinion of MY phone.

And I still say VZW is the best coverage in america, the best run network, and one of the fastest. Where has that changed? Find me a comment I made where I said something negative about VZW. Go for it.
But if you dont want to pay an arm and a leg for service, have data speeds that are on par with VZW or even slightly faster, and live in a decently populated area, Tmobile is awesome as well.

The new plans start at 59.99 for unlimited everything on any phone. On what planet is that a bad deal? Tmobile doesnt have VZW's coverage but they are better than ATT and less than half the price of either of them.

you are such a stupid troll its not funny. The more you try to point to everyone else as the "troll" that your so obsessed with, the more obvious it is to everyone that you are the biggest troll on the boards.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 16:14 2

80. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and arent you the Troll that always wines that android people are all over iOS articles and how you never comment on android articles?? it looks like you brought all the iTards with you to this ANDROID article.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 18:21 2

99. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


First up i didn't bring up apple i said you should be careful with what you download. Super androidevo and android hit man brought up apple.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 19:06 2

107. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i realize this is taco jr, but i was talking to your primary ego, Taco. :)

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 19:11 2

108. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Dude i came here to talk about android and others brought up apple. It wasn't taco's fault it became a discussion about both.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 19:19 2

109. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Its ok to go to whatever article you like but it gets annoying when you talk about android or are just there to bash apple without supporting facts. Otherwise I'm fine with anyone posting wherever. I came here to talk about android not apple and i didn't come here to bash them. Others brought up apple for reasons i am un sure of. I realize you where talking to taco but you also said brought all the itards with you. I take offense to that i like apple and was posting here but am not a itard and i would like an apology.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 22:25 2

121. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


unlike some... ahem taco... i provide VALID links to support my claims. As much as you have been jumping on board with Taco and his crazy trolling, I dont think u can really make the case that you need an appology. If you think your one of the itards in mention then maybe you are. But its YOU that is assuming that. I didnt mention you specifically so I have no reason to appologize. Period

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 22:32 1

123. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


You NEVER provide links to anything you're saying

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 22:54 2

128. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol.. really.. i still remember a weekend where i was bored at work and kept providing links to counter every thing you said and just made you look like a bigger dumbass than normal all weekend.

you cant even be honest for one minute can you? Sad, really.

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 00:50

130. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


You didn't mention anyone specifically you mentioned everyone. You called me out and said i was taco JR when you complained about taco on a android article. I then explained we weren't the ones who brought up apple we were talking about android and it wasn't being bashed none the less. I made an innocent comment saying people with an open os should be careful which is on topic with the post. Then people started to bash apple and that is why you got the likes of the miz and taco here. Now i am taco jr because i explained taco and everyone was here because others brought up apple and therefore it was relevant for them to be here. Now lets use logic here if i am taco jr (according to you) and taco brought his itards then most likely you are calling me that and i am offended. I wasn't even talking about apple just said people should be careful.Now there is my case.

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 10:23

137. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you are taco jr. :) The rest you are assuming.

you keep arguing the same tired (and wrong) points with me over n over again.. and the best part is, you keep doing that in defense of taco, when I wasn't even having a conversation with you. What is your point again?

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 16:36 1

82. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Ehh, if im not wrong android phones are super easy to hack, just root it ?

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 17:19 2

89. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


malicious hacking and a person rooting their phone are not the same thing. Hacking competitions are where people try to maliciously and remotely get into someone elses phone without them knowing. The iphone is always the first one to be able to be hacked. Android hasnt been hacked at a competition yet. On the other hand, if i remember correctly, the iphone set a record for the fastest to be hacked.. something like 12 seconds from start to finish for a guy to remotely bust in an iphone and steal information.

Hows that for security? :)

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 12:29

142. V-Rep (unregistered)


the big problem isn't with apps in the app store its with people who install apps from .apk files from non-market sources. you can do the same thing from a jailbroken iphone. if you want to pirate media you risk malware thats pretty much always been the case

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 07:27 2

3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4417; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes because of Android's rapid rise. 500,000 daily activations is an astronomical number. Anyone who wants to make malware will attack the OS with the most subscribers. This is sad because we get affected by this while those evil people get their satisfaction on hurting or ruining people’s lives with the stolen personal information or whatever it is. The Playstation network was hacked multiple times, Android & iOS have issues with their OS's. This is just the nature of the beast. The more exposure an OS has with the general public the more people are going to create malware. All I do is use the same practices I use when I am on my PC. That way I will be safe & I will be able to protect my personal information on my mobile phone.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 07:32 1

4. Laurynas (unregistered)


That's because Android is popular OS.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 07:51 8

7. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Popular doesn't mean good.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 07:55 3

12. Laurynas (unregistered)


I don't say that it is good, I don't say that it is bad, I say that it is popular. So, don't make unreasonable interpretations.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 07:57 5

15. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Did I say you did? I just pointed it out.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 08:06 2

18. Laurynas (unregistered)


But it still was an interpretation and since I wasn't talking about how good or bad it is, interpretation according to my comment was unreasonable.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 07:52 4

8. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


*sighs* Google fails yet again at putting an end to all of these security breaches.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 07:52 6

9. pete7625 (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 01 Jul 2010)


That's a suprise. . . Of course all of you android fans will see nothing wrong with this. . .

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 07:54 2

11. unregistered (unregistered)


It's sad....the people who write the code for the malware are obviously smart! If only they would put that talent to good use, they could probably make good money!

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 07:56 1

13. Laurynas (unregistered)


Remember that big money also could be made from bad things too. :)

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 07:56 5

14. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


They are putting it to good use, by showing how crippled Android is. Plus they're giving iOS free reign by sending customers to an OS that's stable and secure.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 08:32 1

22. the icrap destroyer (unregistered)


dude do you even listen to yourself half the time, its true what they say ignorance is bliss its not a matter of android vs apple its a matter of malware spreading across from pc to mobile. IOS stable?.....please the only thing stable about that OS is...oh i forgot. Jesus man you are so far down the road that your slowly starting to look like a sheep. yes i know everyone is entitled to theyre opinions so am i, so please before you write think......itroll.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 11:48 5

40. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


if you think iOS isnt a stable os, then you are beyond stupid. even android fanatics can agree that iOS is very stable regardless if they like it or not.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 14:36 1

66. the icrap destroyer (unregistered)


please enlighten me with your knowledge, how is the IOS stable?....my response is iphone 3g and 3gs look them up. now since i guess im stupid because i own an android, please tell me how is IOS so much better, not that im saying android is the best, but please show me the way oh great one how is the iphone as a device "the one"..........(by the way just in case your small brain cant comprehend what i just wrote im being sarcastic, itroll)

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 17:05 1

87. Phoneguy007 (Posts: 218; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


Iphone 3g......really!!!!

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 12:35 3

47. Ionious (unregistered)


Listen wise guy I've downloaded numerous apps outside the market and received ZERO malware. Why? Because I use a god damn security protection system i.e. an anti virus software.

https://www.mylookout.com/

Check it out, douche bag.

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 06:27

132. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Nope, the customers will buy samsung bada phones instead. They are super secure.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 14:30

65. donzere88 (Posts: 6; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


i'm betting that they already tried coding the legit way and it didn't workout haha

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 08:04 3

17. dionddc (Posts: 129; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Who'd want to target iOS when Android has 48% market share.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 10:14 4

32. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


lol iOS has a bigger market share when you count all of it so that's a nonsense argument.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 10:20 3

35. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4417; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


What do you mean all of it? Android IS the #1 mobile OS in the world! 500,000 daily activations is HUGE! How is dionddc wrong? Please enlighten me! :-) taco50 I didn’t attack you, I just want to know what you meant by “all of it”.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 11:53 3

41. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


jesus christ, get a new arguement. 500,000 daily activations. is that all you can pull out of your ass? 40% of those bricks get returned. oh wait, you will pull the usual arguement, "its only low-end devices". bulls**t. you know as well as i do that is just a lame excuse.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 12:15 2

43. beatlesfan (Posts: 150; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


The only way ill buy that 40% b.s. is if there is some more concrete statistics. I don't recall the direct wording but the 40% return rate article your referring to said something to the effect of 'as high as 40% of some android models are returned.' That is such a bogus statistic I don't even know where to start. I can do any a poll or survey and distort results in my favor that isn't necessarily an accurate representation of my data by being vague and using a small sample size without randomization.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 13:12 2

50. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4417; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


zuno gyakusatsu, 500,000 daily activations is it fact or fiction? So what is wrong with that? "40% of those bricks get returned" Ohh really, ok where is your proof? "bulls**t. you know as well as i do that is just a lame excuse." WTF are you talking about? Guy you sound like a total buffoon. Jesus Christ has nothing to do with this, but I will ask him to give you a clue, because you are sorely missing it. From all your STUPID rambling the only bullsh*t here happens to be you. lol Next time PLEASE try harder. My 2 year old helped my with this one. That is how WEAK your comment is! lol

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 13:23 2

53. derp (unregistered)


its fiction. at least half of those are warranty replacements.

maybe you shouldnt get so worked up when people debate with you Super. you sound about as immature as your 2 year old.

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