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   

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61 Comments

60. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

As always people, you need to look at these with context, majority if not all attacks come from 3rd party unofficial app stores and the fact that 99% of the attack is towards Android and that there is very little success shows its not a real issue and any malware problem is usually self inflicted rather than google or Android having any real security issue.

59. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

They are not blind, they just can't see.

56. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

Another pointless statistic.

40. T.F.O.A

Posts: 36; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

So what? Android users don't care anyway.

36. winter_hat

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Android fanbois, having replaced Apple fans as the most blind, will defend the platform no matter what is said, done, happens. Here's an idea, DEMAND BETTER! I have phones on every platform and the first thing I do on my Andoid devices is install 'Lookout' and push ad detectors. Ridiculous.

51. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Bait comment. First phone I installed Lookout Premium to was my S3 and that was because T-Mobile pushed it to my device for free. Did my HTC Sensation, S2, MyTouch 4G or Blaze 4G ever get malware? Nope. Quit exaggerating and stop poatinf bait comments.

62. winter_hat

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

It's not bait. The minute I get a new Android, I get protection. NEVER even considered it on my iPhone or Blackberries.

63. winter_hat

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Why would there be no malware attacks targeted at iPhone when there are 100s of million in use worldwide? And the phone has no virus software? Because their ONLY chance at success is Android. Seems like Google is working hard to 'fix' what is being claimed isn't even a problem.

31. indiebandit

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

this is why you ither buy windowsphone 8 its the most secure and best at smoothness

32. domfonusr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Windows Phone just seems secure right now because it's rare. The iPhone (hate to say it, but it's true) is the king of smooth... I've seen and played with an Apple iPhone 4S and a Nokia Lumia 820 side by side, and the iPhone was decidedly smoother. I do think Windows Phone is smoother than a lot of the Android stuff I've played with, but this is no surprise as the Android kernel is larger and still more feature-filled. In a few ways I like the iPhone, in some ways I like Windows Phone, and in a few ways I like Android, but I am disappointed with all of them.

27. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Why was this twittered by an Apple executive, running out of ideas on how to sell the same phone for a fifth straight year?

29. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Like the s-line?

47. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I kinda agree with that but not really. The S line has many different shapes and sizes. And it's much easier to tell the GS1 from the 2, 3, and 4. Same with the Notes. But line up an iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and 5S and it gets a little harder. The extra half inch and fingerprint scanner help, but screen off... They all look exactly alike. Heck, screen on they look exactly alike.

49. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Don't know if serious or just dumb. Samsung has put more into the S line than any OEM has done with their flagships. Such bait comment. Much troll.

37. winter_hat

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

They opened their lead on Android in the US...again...with the 'same phone for the fifth straight year.' I think there are reasons. The 100s of millions of iPhone users are not all stupid....many are choosing to leave and this is probably one of the reasons.

50. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You should probably know the difference between TARGETED and AFFECTED before posting that comment.

54. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I don't think people are catching that part Smurf, LOL!

53. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Let's be honest, the iPhone shouldn't have never lost its lead to Android in the first place, so the two or three percentage points they increased last year is playing catch up. Also, they aren't hurting Android's market share so much as they're taking shares from BlackBerry and other failing OSs. I know many people don't like to hear it but it's true. Apple has sold the same phone 4 years ina row. I never implied anyone was stupid for buying it. If it works for you, I think it'sa good decision to buy another one when you're ready to upgrade. There is just no way in hell you would catch ME camping out days before the release, just to buy the same exact phone I already own. I don't care what fancy new color they make it in.

61. winter_hat

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I'm talking about the US. Apple destroyed Samsung as a distant number two. One of the many sources.... http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/01/16/apples-iphone-dominates-us-smartphone-market-in-q4 And you might be interested in this. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jan/17/android-gravity-iphone Instead of defending every crap thing Android does, demand better.

64. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

So your talking about the US, you you're posting links for a study in the UK? Clearly you didn't read what I replied, so what's the point in even talking to you. I said if it works for you than its a good buy. But your still trying to convince me what I like is bad? I like Android and there ain't much you can say, post, or point out that I haven't already heard. I need more than what the iPhone can offer and until Apple changes that, I will never own one.

25. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

This is no such thing as malware on android from the google playstore, so just don't go to porn website or illegal websites to download from and guess what, no viruses or malware on android. Such a worthless article

28. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Not true actually, while the store has gotten better it is not 100% either. I could google it but im to lazy at the moment.

17. kevkyle

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

Malware on my Android babies?.....OOOhhhhh.....am so AAAAFRRAID - HELP ME! ....should i jump ship....will my phones explode? ....OK - DRAMA OVER....let's move ON 'til the next flamebait article...lol

16. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I'm sure that Ben the PC guy will tweet about this report without a trace of irony.

33. domfonusr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

It's ironic enough already that Phil tweeted this to begin with. His OS came in second place for most web attacks, right behind Android. What does that say when you are "willing to admit that you're second worst" in order to try to paste your lead competitor as THE worst? The web attacks will only be proportional to the web traffic for each OS, anyway, so it only tells us which OS is most popular. Is this really a measure of insecurity at all? No, it is not. Ironic.

14. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

No surprise there. None at all.

13. domfonusr

Posts: 1106; 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.

35. CEMIII

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

5. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

How is 71% =99% ?

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