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Mobile malware has grown by 163% in 2012, 95% of it targetted Android

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Mobile malware has grown by 163% in 2012, 95% of it targetted Android
Let's be honest - malware is very, very uncool. Unfortunately, though, it's out there and it's even spreading its corruption to our peaceful and happy mobile world. The bad news is that mobile malware has substantially grown in 2012, by no less than 163%, compared to 2011. Not surprisingly, 95% of the infections have taken place on Android devices, seeing that it's one of the most open operating systems around.

The research has been done by NQ Mobile, which is, surprise, surprise, a mobile security company. Now, just because NQ Mobile is a security company doesn't mean that we should totally ignore their message, but it does mean that things may not be as ugly as they try to present them. According to the research, more than 32.8 million Android devices have been infected in 2012. This doesn't seem like a small number at all, even considering the astronomical sales of Android devices.

Mobile malware has grown by 163  in 2012, 95  of it targetted Android
Despite being a major market, though, US users shouldn't be too worried, because most of the malware attacks seem to be focused on China, India and Russia. We certainly aren't the kind of people who'd recommend that you install a security app on your phone, not just yet at least, but it'll certainly be a good idea to limit those non-Play Store downloads as much as your can.

Mobile malware has grown by 163  in 2012, 95  of it targetted Android

via: TechCrunch

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posted on 15 Apr 2013, 09:38 8

1. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


I heard that anti virus for Android doesnt work , worried cause i sideload things oftenly

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 10:09 8

5. iWorld (Posts: 85; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


The only drawback of Open Source is "it is open for all including hackers and viruses".

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 11:00 7

11. lyndon420 (Posts: 1782; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Don't forget everyone who finds these exploits and patches them. The open source community is full of talent who contributes to the overall experience.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 11:33

14. yowanvista (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Android malware doesn't even exist to start with, all those are just gimmick Av-sponsored marketing nonsense to lure people into those already useless (Yes totally useless) products that supposedly 'protect' the device.

Apps being run on Android have zero access to system resources let alone the ability to infect anything at all since everything is contained within the Dalvik VM. Those so called 'Malware Apps' are in fact Rogue Apps that are never automatically installed. It's the user's fault for compromising the system. At most those apps will exploit the permission system to steal data but they can't even damage anything at ALL.

The user must be dumb enough to click on 'Install' when prompted, but once again, stupid people use smartphones.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 13:03 1

29. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Agree. No real threat to people who don't close their eyes and click buttons. Having worked tech support for three years, it's almost always user error.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 09:31

40. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


ahem , i have root

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 09:41 7

2. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Oh, this is making me worry about my phone!

Plus the picture of evil Android makes me damn worry! x(

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 12:24 1

21. akki20892 (Posts: 3611; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


not good for android, there are bunch of people using android around the world so google have to do something about malware.

my dad using android, so i'm worry too

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 12:50

24. tharun80 (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)


malware does"nt work on android noob..

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 15:02 3

36. ebubekir26 (Posts: 312; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


you didn't have to say noob, -1

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 13:47 4

34. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


(sigh) Malwares......... :(

And you don't have to worry about that, cuz you're using a Nokia N8 (Symbian) and planning to change to Nokia 'Catwalk' (Windows Phone).

You are SAFE! xD

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 09:49 5

3. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


For those who are paranoid about malware, I recommend Avast! Anti-virus.

I should get paid for promoting B-)

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 09:53 2

4. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I'm using AVG! lol xD

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 11:02 1

12. amats69 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


im using AVG too! :)

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 11:49 1

18. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


GREAT! xD

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 18:26

39. yowanvista (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Antivirus software is pretty much useless on Android as everything is sandboxed, even the damn antivirus software.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 10:12 4

6. Quezdagreat (Posts: 427; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Lol antivirus for a phone

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 10:18 5

7. iWorld (Posts: 85; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Continuously running app which will drain your battery

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 11:46

16. Whateverman (Posts: 3231; Member since: 17 May 2009)


By any chance did you check your mobile's store before making that comment?

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 11:51 1

19. Quezdagreat (Posts: 427; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


yes I have, there are games called antivirus

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 12:00

20. Whateverman (Posts: 3231; Member since: 17 May 2009)


If your talking about Apple's app store, there are others that are not just games. They're marked as "Utilities". There's only a couple, but the point is they are there.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 10:30 2

8. Tux_Alan (Posts: 74; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


Anti viruses are still not a necessity if you chose your apps wisely but I see the day where they are unavoidable given all the personal info we keep on there... My whole life is on there....

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 11:15

13. TheMan (Posts: 416; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I agree that the necessity isn't there if one "keeps one's pants on" by sticking to credible sources. Still, I'd worry about drive-by downloads. Many of us (especially my customers, it seems) like going to "questionable" websites for free movies, porn, etc. Many of these sites slam PCs (usually Windows); it's not a major leap to imagine the same targeting done to Android and iOS.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 10:37 1

9. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I predicted literally every point that showed up in this article. Nothing new here, folks.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 12:52

25. biophone (Posts: 1894; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Malware on android isn't really a problem. If your careful you should be fine. This article was also quite predictable. Nothing new here move along people.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 10:54 6

10. Ninetysix (Posts: 1669; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Your mobile platform fails if you have to install an anti-virus app.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 11:42

15. TheMan (Posts: 416; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Not just mobile platform.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 15:17 1

37. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Then every platform fails. No platform is safe, even macs and iphone get malware. The #1 source of malware on android comes from piracy and fake apps, it is near impossible to get a virus if you stay on the play store and don't download random crap.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 11:47 1

17. StreetNerd (Posts: 719; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


GG WP!

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 16:34 1

38. Troll12345 (banned) (Posts: 10; Member since: 15 Apr 2013)


GG WP! Down the drain it belongs™

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 13:13

30. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


Never use sideload apps and cracked/pirate apps. and you have small chance to get infected by herpes

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 13:38

33. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Really how come companies like this aren't getting the once over by the SEC and regulatory bodies for making claims that are unsubstantiated just to increase their business. Also they are tarnishing an OS by saying that it has all these malware that target it but aren't really clear that you won't magically get malware unless you do things like download app that aren't from the Play Store.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 15:00 1

35. xDrizzyXx (Posts: 62; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


Malware comes from people trying to get free paid apps on 4shared or some other place haha

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