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Uncle Sam: 79% of malware was sent to Android in 2012

Uncle Sam: 79% of malware was sent to Android in 2012
Uncle Sam wants you...to stop sending malware to Android. A joint report from the US Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice shows that of the major mobile platforms used in the U.S., it was Google's open source OS that was the target of the vast majority of  malware threats. The stats showed that an overwhelming 79% of malware was targeted to an Android powered device in 2012. The only other platform targeted by more than 1% of the malware that was sent out was Symbian which was the bullseye 19% of the time.

Android is targeted the most for malware installation

Android is targeted the most for malware installation

The unclassified document showed iOS with a .7% share of malware attacks in 2012 while BlackBerry and Windows Mobile each were targeted .3% of the time. Windows Phone attacks were statistically insignificant. The report blamed Android's large market share and the open source nature of the OS for being the "primary target for malware attacks," and suggested that local, state and federal employees update and patch their mobile phones.

The report noted that Trojans sent through text messages represent 50% of the malware found now on models with older builds of Android installed. The malware directs the phone to dial expensive premium numbers owned by hackers. Users can fight back by installing a security suite. Rootkits are another form of malware that can log the keystrokes made by a phone's user and thus reveal passwords. The Carrier IQ app can detect and remove this malware. Lastly, the report states that fake Google Play domains can steal important information including financial data. Installing antivirus software could help in this situation.

source: DHS via WMPoweruser

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posted on 26 Aug 2013, 19:03 6

1. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Well that's no good... Luckily I'm not dumb and I've never had a problem...

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 19:18 1

4. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


So that makes it acceptable?? What about the naive teenager installing dodgy games/apps from 3rd party sources

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 19:27 4

8. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


thats there fault isnt it. if you stay within googles rules chances are very slim. if you go around installing pirated games and these naive teenagers know pirated apps etc is wrong then they only have themselves to blame. if you installing from 3rd party sources you can only blame yourself and not others. being naive doesnt absolve you from blame.

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 19:45 1

10. Shatter (Posts: 1989; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Only the stupid get viruses on windows/android because they think their too cool for anti virus and immune to all the malware thats in their pirated apps.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 01:33

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


I use a Nokia Lumia 920 running WP8 OS, and have never had to deal with the malware or spyware that has infiltrated Android OS. If you want speed and security for a mobile device, then WP8 is an excellent option...

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 21:46

15. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


I never said it was acceptable. Is it top priority? I don't think so, but Google needs to do something sooner or later. I merely acknowledged that it was a problem I didn't have to worry about.

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 22:47

16. blazee (Posts: 254; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


doesnt thearticle says its only a problem with older builds of android? read first before comenting

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 00:50

19. takeja (Posts: 35; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)


I call it freedom.....if you are dumb, buy an iPhone.....otherwise take your responsibility like in a real life

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 19:48 1

12. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


PA slyly didn't say that this only concern GingerBread in the old version.
And not at all the OS versions after GB

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 23:35

17. vincelongman (Posts: 1027; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


What's malware or a virus?
I've never ever gotten one, even after using Windows for years.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 00:53

20. takeja (Posts: 35; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)


Like 99%.....just keep Google play and there is no chance to get any malware
And don't remember that
1) "Apple iOS Apps Leak More Personal Info Than Android".
2) "iPhones most vulnerable among smartphones"
3) "40% of iOS popular apps invade your privacy without any permission"

So you are safer with android if you are not dumb

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 19:15 3

2. Slammer (Posts: 979; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Coincidently, this is the same percentage of Android's world wide marketshare. This is how hackers like it. Reverse the Android Apple role and it will follow the pattern. Too much Apple news to propogate insignificance of its competitor. Same MO every year before Apple launch.

John B.

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 19:15

3. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Why don't you say that this only concern GingerBread in the old version.
Apple's money doesn't smell . Right? LOL

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 19:25 1

5. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Did you miss the part about Apple devices being targeted 0.7% of the time? Why isn't the figure closer to 20% if google's money smells SO much better.

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 19:48 3

11. Shatter (Posts: 1989; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Because iPhones are on a lockdown on a level above the North/South Korean border. If they could actually use stuff besides what apple allowed they would be full of malware. The .7% is mostly from people who jailbreak their iphones and install pirated apps.

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 19:26

6. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


This chart is pretty shocking. How can iOS be so low despite being the 2nd most common OS? I know iPhone has a hard time in emerging markets due to the price barrier, but one would think it'd at least break a few percent?

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 19:27 1

7. sprockkets (Posts: 1152; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


"Users can fight back by..."

Not doing anything. Sorry, just doing nothing is all you need to do. Android isn't windows.

In fact, it so funny that even on Symantec's web site for various "malware" for Android, the secondary method for removing it is to go to applications and remove it.

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 19:41

9. papss (unregistered)


I can see where this will be going..
anyways its obvious why its much higher on android.. When you are a dominant os why wouldn't they make viruses on it, same way with desktop windows.

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 20:12

13. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Not only dominant os, but also some stupid ppl can EASY download cracked expensive apps .
Besides, PA apple-ishly, didn't say that this ONLY concern GingerBread in the old version.

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 20:29

14. SonyPS4 (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Android also has around that much market share among smartphone OS.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 00:36 1

18. gazmatic (Posts: 553; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


it is quite telling that ios didnt break 1% even though it is very popular

android is statistically less safe than even symbian and apologizing for that wont change it

there is an upside to a closed os... I mean... who da faq wants malware on their phone?

even though I know that most malware is the fault of the user... you have to blame googe for allowing malware in its store... then you talk about people that dont have access to the store and.... its like malware central outside the play store

in the end... it is the user who installs the app but if the app is maliciously coded.....

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 01:14

21. tucutucu (Posts: 48; Member since: 03 Aug 2013)


bwahahahaa

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