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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, 16:07 1

30. dwgit (Posts: 37; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


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posted on 07 Mar 2013, 16:38 2

34. asianface (Posts: 12; Member since: 27 May 2011)


and Apple is responsible for 100% of the Android malware lol. JK JK. But I have to say there are too many people out there need a life...

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 17:34 1

44. kushki (Posts: 49; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


What you expect from a OS that was made by a company whose bread and butter is earned from collected people's data by various kinds of malware (like chrome, G+, and much more)....

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 17:50 3

46. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 852; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


How much of it was found in Google Play Store itself?
How much of it was a REAL THREAT?
Where are ALL these people who are affected? Strange that NONE EVER appear, not any phoneshops, blogs, forums etc...

Clearly F Secure are trying to sell their anti virus, but they have been pretty reckless with their marketing, has Android haters falling for it hard though, shame.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 18:11 1

48. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Africa is a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there. More importantly however, the number of internet scams originating from the West and South of Africa doesn't fall just because you and I have managed to avoid them.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 18:18

49. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Likewise, should authorities and the media avoid reporting these scams because it taints the overall image of the continent?? I think not

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 23:24

55. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"The report notes that 79% of all threats were related to Android in 2012, up from 66% during the previous year.

Symbian was targeted for 19% of malware threats last year, down from 29% in 2011.

It's quite a reversal since 2010 when Symbian was the target for 62% of all malware atacks and Android was the target for just 11%. But that is what happens when you go from a small share of the smartphone market to becoming the leader, and vice versa."

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 keep that in mind as you think about the numbers from F-Secure."

I wonder how many ppl will even read the article....and just selectively skip over these parts....Kudos to the article writer for trying to look at all sides of the issue.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 11:41

63. papss (unregistered)


For the same reason why businesses don't use android.. Security is huge and android just doesn't have it. I seen where autotrader the company may jump to WP and said they wouldn't go android because security

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