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Android has seen a sharp increase in malware levels in Q2

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Android has seen a sharp increase in malware levels in Q2
Security company Kaspersky Labs has informed its audience that it has seen an almost threefold increase in the number of new malicious apps in its databases during Q2 2012.

In Q1, the newly-discovered malware apps were about 5,441, while the second quarter brought 14,923 more - a dramatic increase over previous periods. Kaspersky explains these numbers with the growing interest in mobile devices, as well as the enormous market share that Android has.

Apparently, most of these malicious apps (about 49%) happen to be multi-functional Trojans, designed to steal various kinds of information like contacts, email addresses, and phone numbers. About 25% of the discovered malware is categorized as SMS Trojans, which are those apps that can secretly send SMS messages to premium numbers, without you even knowing.

Android has seen a sharp increase in malware levels in Q2
Meanwhile, a significantly smaller part (18%) are those apps which aim to take full control over the user's phone... scary stuff indeed! Finally, the most dangerous malware, according to Kaspersky - the Trojan Spy, was discovered in about 2% of the new malicious software. The Trojan Spy's goal is to provide bank account access to its maker. Geez, sounds like a good reason to for us to pay extra attention to the apps we're downloading!

via: SlashGear

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