Android has seen a sharp increase in malware levels in Q2

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.

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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23 Comments

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Wow.......Sad to say.....but the more android continues to become like a PC the more it will see viruses like on a PC! Gotta do something about this quick android..

3. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

thats right! :) that the pros about android "like a PC" well i think google should create sort of "google trusted" scheme for every app they've analyzed and leave all other apps "not reviewed"

9. Aeires unregistered

They've already added the Trusted Developer status so that was a help.

11. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

yes but this doesnt promote small developers to get their app to success !

8. MeoCao unregistered

Success always comes with price

2. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

No one cares, lol. This is the same as it's always been. Just watch what you download.

5. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Exactly, just be careful of what you download and what app you install. Just like a PC never download a untrusted file or an app... and yes most important keep an Antivirus, there are lots of free Antivirus on the Play Store Avast Symantec AVG and many more....

4. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

"malware" means just = "an app by user downloaded, accepted its permissions and installed" so malware for Android does NOT EXIST! and this means democracy: we can install what we want.....it is not a dictate where you can or can not install (iPhone, iPad)....thank you for that!

6. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

wrong my fellow! as you quoted: "an app by user downloaded, accepted its permissions and installed" = TROJAN = MALWARE (thus malware for android exists!) we (android users) must be very careful when installing non-market apps... just yesterday i installed a .apk found on 4shared and coudn't access settings anymore.. luckly i got rid of the app and now is everything running.

10. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

no, it was your fault because you were irresponsible.......this irresponsible behaviour wouldnt stop even the best antivirus like on Windows

12. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

i believe you thumbed me down.. thats ok... a smart chinese proverb says "open the street to the fool", but bear in ear my advice, dont talk about smth you dont know with someone you dont know,,, he may know things you dont :) as for your response, i dont want to start a fight here on PA but seriosly how dare you acuse me for being irresponsible, dafuq are you? and as for the record I (as a android app developer) could publish a malware app on the play store and everyone who installs get the malware... this UN-irresponsible behaviour could lead to an infection... PS thumb me down as much as you want, you wont change the facts ;)

17. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

hahahahahah "dafuq"

20. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Do you want to tell me it was not your fault you installed a bad app? :-D So ok, yoe were not irresponsible but a fool.....your choice :) Yes you can upload malware.....you even can murder some one......but before you have to tell some one you are going to kill him as it works so with Android ;)

22. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Android app dev? Cool! Link me to some of your apps?

7. vickygamit

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

but android is still safe!!

13. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Are the viruses created by the anti virus software designers ?

16. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

in some cases, yes....it is a scam, partially

14. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

And you need to get the PAID version of kaspersky to protect your phone from such threats!.

15. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Never had one issue with malware on my android army of phones....

18. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Same old story, same old response. I know what the haters will say, you know what I will say.

21. OSFantasma

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

your right about that... but it would be awesome if google did something that would shut all the loudmouths up..

19. OSFantasma

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

My grand idea and i hope google has it 2 is to merge the chrome tech and the android tech to make a great malicious free product that auto-updates and manufacturers won't have to worry about updates to the core system it would be up to google to do that. but i doubt that will happen.. a least for now..

23. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Just go and see reviews before download guys....that's all problem solved...

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