Android devices were the target of 99 out of every 100 mobile malware attacks in 2013

Android devices were the target of 99 out of every 100 mobile malware attacks in 2013
Cisco's latest report makes it pretty clear that Android devices are the primary target of most mobile-related malware attacks. Cisco adds that the Android platform is also the major target (71%) for web-delivered malware. While that sounds scary, only 1.2% of malware attacks target a specific device. The rest are using a wider net to catch all the fish in the ocean. Those include things like phishing and redirects on the web.

According to the report from Cisco, the most widely encountered form of malware on Android is Andr/Qdplugin-A, which is usually introduced to an Android device while disguised as a legitimate app in unofficial app stores. So here is a tip, stick to the Google Play Store and that should reduce the odds of your phone getting infected.

Apple's iOS fared much better, obviously, and this is reflected in the fact that Cisco's report was brought to the attention of those who follow Phil Schiller's Twitter page. Schiller, as most of you know, is Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing.

source: @pschiller via GigaOM   



1. papss unregistered

Honestly that is to be expected considering the total user base versus other different than windows desktop.

9. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

and considering it is an open os

12. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

It's not open I'm that since... That has nothing to do with it..

57. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013


11. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Either that or it's the most easily cracked.. I suspect both reasons..

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The question is: 1) how many of those attacks succeed? 2) how many of those attacks took place outside the US, in one of the many nations where Google Play paid apps aren't yet available? I've had many Android devices over the course of almost four years. I've had several Windows computers. I've gotten several noticeable viruses (and god knows how much malware) on Windows, but none on Android. Just like with iOS, sticking to the mainline app store and practicing common sense on the Internet will take you far.

26. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

@sniggly, who knows. However I deal with hacked phones on a regular basis. Weekly I have to tell customers to do a master reset because an app they have used invited either a bad os function or virus. Every week. I have yet to do the same for ios or windowsphone. Have done a few blackberry's for this type of stuff. However point is. I have had no virus since I ditched xp and went with vista, 7, 8. Do they exist? sure do, but defender works fine. My gf's got attacked, browser attack that I had to registery fix. But google wants this, they want this control because it works significantly well. While openness has made android it can also kill it. Look at Samsung wanting more control and droid alternatives.

55. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

There was an attack on Macs a few months back. Guess what I did... I didn't open the email that said, "Hey! I got your email address from a mutual friend." And that was it. People have got to learn to protect THEMSELVES and not trust that see, open, or download on a computer (because that's what smartphone are) is safe. If you think about your favorite sport, can you think of ANY number two teams or contenders who are activity targeted? Everyone tasters number one right, with very few exceptions. That's what this is. It's not that any of then are any more or less secure than the others. When iOS or any other OS becomes number one, they will become the new favorite target. That's just how it is.

42. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

That sounds about right❕

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

When desktop windows is popular using anti virus software and lavasoft Adware combo protection are a must. Android I could still get away with using Playstore and limiting side loading to trusted source. I am prepared to use anti malware apps to protect my phone just like I did for desktop windows when the time come. For me I believe in better the devil you know than an angel that you don't. Google disclose all their terms while microsoft don't. Microsoft has a search engine bing and are doing what Google has been doing and yet Microsoft pretend to be clean. They even try to sell that idea with a multi millons funded scrooge campaign. Only fools will be taken in for a ride.

20. papss unregistered

Strange you still find a place in an article about android to flame m$ smh.. You fandroids are yards aometimes

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

So only papss are allow to express his opinion? Talk bulls**t about Android all you want. M$ no longer own the court and the ball of personal computing. I like a balance of choices so all are welcome to play on a level playing field.

23. papss unregistered

Dude you talk more crap along with countless others in EVERY wp8 article. The difference I actually owned the newest androids and state my preferences for WP8 but rarely clog up android articles with my love for WP8. THIS article has little to do with m$ and you still bash. Its pathetic and if you dislike m$ that much stop talking about them. Why give them your time and worthless thought of them? If you like android so be it and no one but you cares. You hate them like its your job along with countless others who can't put together a complete sentence.

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

And yes, I recognize all you wp fans, papss rodneyej1. You guys are such a small group. Oops! Lol!

24. papss unregistered

Did you come up with that or was it your band of uneducated lemmings? oops lol

30. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Not more than what you are doing to every Android article, papass ! Your nick says it all. LOL!

48. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I love WP, yes we're not the majority.. Do you have a point❔... My goal isn't to come and here and compare WP to Android, because I could care less about Android.. Who cares❔... You're petty for trying to call someone out for being a fan of a specific OS,, especially when they openly admit it.. What do you hope to accomplish by doing that❔.. You think you're gonna make me not keep standing up for my platform❔❔ It's people like you who always have to turn everything into a competition,, and that's because you fear WP, and what it has going for it, which is a lot❕... Regardless of whether haters like you think so... You ride on a high horse now because Google has high market share, but that's Google's accomplishment, not yours.. What do you accomplish in real life❔ Do you have a real life❔ Ok.. I'll let you have what you want... Android is better than WP❕ Now, now that I've let you have that ate you happy❔ Your smartphone is better than mine, fine... I guess I'll just have to enjoy my wife, kids, my beautiful house, the vacations I take, and I got a pretty cool car, truck, and motorcycle... Yeah, MS, WP, and W8 sucks in your opinion, but unlike you I have a real life to fall back on... So, instead of disrespecting other peoples purchases, and choices,,, why don't you get a real life❔ Or, do you still live with your mom until you graduate from high school❔... If you ever graduate... Lol❕❕❕

52. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Basically almost every user on PA wants you to calm down the fanboyism with WP. Just a simple request yet it could never be fulfilled. PS - Again with the awkward question marks and exclamation points...

43. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

See, there's always someone who has to turn it into a battle... I don't care about MS vs Google❕.. I just want all of the services to be secure as possible...


Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

I like this _ Here is where Cisco, MS, Apple, BB _ yada-yada-yada who ever writes malware & virus definitions has the upper hand in this._ BECAUSE The most successful malware on your device, is the malware or virus you didn't know was there. It goes un-noticed, When you get screwed its to late. Anybody shop at TARGET lately. Also anybody see how low Windows Phone is Ohhh!!! Myyy!!!

38. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

I'd agree with both also

41. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011 This is an official statement by Google saying that .001% of malware on Android even has the *chance* to harm devices. They don't know how many devices are actually affected by malware because the number is so small. Considering Android is the #1 mobile OS and thus the most targeted with malware, that's impressive, and really shows how hard Google has worked to increase security.

5. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

How is 71% =99% ?

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

PA is really bad with breaking things down.

10. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

sometimes they actually copy paste a whole post from from a different website including the typos. but then again, they always put the source so it doesn't matter

19. Alan01

Posts: 614; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

As the story says, 99 out of 100 mobile attacks were directed at Android. 71 out of 100 web delivered malware was directed at Android...that pretty much speaks for itself. Regards, Alan F.

13. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

If anything, this is just an indication of how popular Android is. Notice who came in second, though... Apple would love for you to believe that they are above all malware.


Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

They sure act like it though

39. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

True nobody is impenetrable

14. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

No surprise there. None at all.

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