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Report says Android is responsible for 79% of mobile malware

0. phoneArena 07 Mar 2013, 13:08 posted on

F-Secure’s latest Mobile Threat report shows that in the fourth quarter alone, 96 new families and variants of threats to the Android OS were discovered, with nearly a quarter of them containing a virus that sends SMS messages out to premium rate numbers, makes the message disappear, and ends up with you billed for the message...

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posted on 07 Mar 2013, 13:17 11

4. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Show me someone with malware and I'll bring you six unicorns, 3 bigfoots, and the legendary Lochness monster.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 13:21 2

5. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Be careful what you wish for, because it obviously exists.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 13:26 5

8. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


Yea but exist like they say it does?? I don't think so man

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 14:28 1

24. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Xperia-Knight brings up a good point. It does exist, working in the wireless Industry I do see it, but as of late its been incredibly minimal. Android may not be the most secure but its becoming more and more secure daily.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 13:31

10. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


that is effing scary article any way everyone knows hackers never rest

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 13:41 3

12. skullman (Posts: 20; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


everywhere android is top

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 07:13

62. paulyyd (Posts: 338; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


haha zinggggg

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 13:46 3

13. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


So Android is basically infested by a ton of malware? Who would have guessed?

WP8, iOS, BB-10 haters can say what they like, but a closed garden is also a secure one. Android has it's virtues, but plenty of vices too ;o)

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 23:40

57. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Wait til WP8 and W8 desktops start the seamless experience....

;o)

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 13:49 8

14. ecuafer (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Malware will always attack the platform that has most users.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 14:46

26. darkkjedii (Posts: 22122; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Excuses excuses.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 16:50 3

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


Don't think IOS is free from problems either. Especially if your jailbroken and download stuff not from 100% safe sources.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 02:00

58. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


if you jailborken something its out of OEMs line of use u cant say that for any jailbroken moblie with any OS

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 22:36

68. ecuafer (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


In PCs Windows has more threats than MacOS or any Linux distro, because Windows has the most users. And trust me that if Ubuntu Touch is successful it will be the platform with more malware.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 14:08 6

15. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


And yet on four Android devices at home we haven't had any instance of malaware.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 14:09 2

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 22122; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Well look at it this way. Largest market share, largest amount of malware. Makes sense to me

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 14:10 2

17. papss (unregistered)


Agree with you ecuafer. Its obvious why most would target android, same with windows os

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 14:12 2

18. papss (unregistered)


Rustic guy just because YOU don't get them doesn't mean its not happening, clearly it is and for obvious reasons (its the largest)

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 04:08 1

60. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


I come from WINDOWS World where desktops get screwed every second and read on win forum that with win 8 there were also cases where guys couldn't get rid of virus despite formatting .... So we have learn how to be safe from these malaware so have none. Model can be replicated for sure :)

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 14:14 4

19. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


"But another report says that F-Secure's numbers overstate the problem by counting Android test-tools as malware. The problem is that these tests can show up looking like a threat. Another problem is that the report doesn't show if these threats came from an app downloaded from the Google Play Store or from a third party where the apps might be more open to malware."

So not all of these are actually malware? That's good, now if we all just read our permissions before downloading, we'll be okay.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 14:21 3

23. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


This right here folks.

If a Live Wallpaper asks for calls and messaging among other permissions, would you think that's okay?
If so, you're better off using a locked down platform, or asking someone who might know better.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 16:50 2

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


Root your phone and deny all apps permissions that don't need it = win.

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 00:56

66. firelightx (Posts: 71; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


Heck, even then... most responsible carriers give you the ability to block premium messaging, which prevents these sort of charges. Asking your carrier to put this block on your account will nullify most of this malware immediately.

Furthermore, it's to Android's benefit that they're able to keep you appraised of what an app can or cannot do. We hear about malware from time to time on Apple, (such as that time when Pandora decided collecting personal information was a good idea - they did it to Android, too)

The difference is, those who pay attention on Android were able to boycott the app until Pandora finally wisened up, whereas Apple fans were completely blindsided when it finally made news.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 14:15 5

20. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Okay, AND??
It has 75% of market share!

How much malware percentage do you expect??

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 14:20

22. JunitoNH (Posts: 1897; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Really!!!! headline should had read, don't conduct sensitive business on Android devices.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 04:10

61. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Yup much like don't conduct bsensitive work on WINDOWS OS :)

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 15:25 2

29. bucky (Posts: 2698; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I still believe its an issue on android but to say its 79% and the way this is titled is definitely feeding the hundreds of android trolls that dominate this site.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 16:19 4

33. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Take your medicine, and admit the truth: Android is malware!

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 16:51 2

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


Android is malware and IOS is cancer. Malware can be fixed atleast.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 17:09 1

43. bucky (Posts: 2698; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I love my iPhone 5.....

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