Gingerbread is the Android build most likely to be hit by malicious software

Gingerbread is the Android build most likely to be hit by malicious software
No, Kaspersky is not a Russian chess champion. It is the name of a security firm that has just completed a study on malicious software and Android. The result of the study is that Android 2.3 is the build most targeted by malicious software in the Android platform. Over half of all blocked malware attempts in the third quarter of this year was tried on an Android phone powered by Android 2.3. Android 2.3.6 alone accounted for 28% of such attempts. Of course, considering that more than 54% of Android users are currently still running Android 2.3 makes it a larger target than other builds.

On the other hand, the latest Android OS build, Android 4.2, has some new security features to help prevent the installation of malware. And of course, the "Bouncer" feature on the Google Play Store keeps out those new apps not trendy enough to get through the red rope that might be designed to spread trouble throughout the Android ecosystem.

There was a decidedly large drop in malware attempts in the third quarter, from the 15,000 tries in the second quarter to just 9,100 in the following three month period. After Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich users were the focus of the next largest number of malware attempts at 38%. That comes despite the OS build accounting for only 25.8% of Android devices in use. But with the new safety features of Android 4.2 giving users the option to let their phone check installed apps for malware, eventually this will no longer be much of a problem for Android users.

source: Securelist via Phandroid



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27 Comments

1. Savage unregistered

The price of popularity.

2. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

This might be important to me because I have two phones that run Anroid 2.3

3. Savage unregistered

And have you had your phone hacked?

10. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Worry not! There are a few things that can keep you secure: 1. Install a free antivirus from the market (I've heard Avast is quite good, i personally use Ikarus) 2. Don't install apps not from the market (unless you know what you're doing) 3. Don't insatll apps on the market that are not enough popular (always make sure to read the reviews) 4. Be suspiscious for any Sms or E-mail you get from an unknown sender. Other than that I don't see any way you could get an infection. So good day buddy ;)

15. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Thats a shame that you need a antivirus program on a cellphone

19. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Thats life. And please dont tell me you think iOS is bullet proof? I got viruses on my Samsung u740 and Motorola E815.

22. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Forgot to add.....you do realize there are anti virus apps.....in the Apple App Store.....right?

23. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Those apps are used for documents. And they are definitely are not needed

26. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Ok.....so its has to be for a specific type of virus to matter for iOS users? Last time I checked....a virus was a virus was a virus. And I would like to see the download, purchase numbers for those iOS anti virus apps....if they arent needed.

27. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Yes it does matter. Those antivirus apps for ios seems to be more for scanning emails documents not for virus infected apps

25. thelegend6657 unregistered

My galaxy s1 is rooted , should I worry ?

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Definitely the price of popularity. To paraphrase Willie Sutton when he was asked why he robbed banks - 'because that is where the money is....' There is a reason why Windows on Intel platforms gets the lions share of hackers attention. Same for Android v. 2.3 on smartphones - 'cause that is where the opportunity is.

11. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Same as Windows on the Pc market! :)

17. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

The price of fragmentation and hardware limitation

18. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Basically. And seeing as Google has tried to combat it in later Android versions.....I dont see a problem. Once upon a time Firefox was soooo secure. That was mainly because it wasnt used by lots of ppl. That changed once more ppl started using it.

4. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I have to wonder why malware attempts dropped. Summer vacation or perhaps an opening was found that hasn't been noticed yet? Or maybe iOS 6 diverted attention from our beloved Android?

6. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

They just have to install a newer version of their favorite Android mobile operating system... Oh wait... :(

16. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Burn lol

7. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

Did it really take a study to come up with this? I mean Windows XP/Vista are more likly to get hit with malware then 7/8 (even though 7 still gets hit, its still LESS then Vista/XP)... Im just shocked that this is NEWS to someone...

8. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

So, the most common version of the OS is targeted the most. Thank you, captain obvious.

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

lol....pretty much.

9. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Got JB on all my devices...

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

The anti-virus app itself could be malware...no thanks, never had a problem on a PC or my Android phone, because I KNOW what I am doing....

13. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

malware.... more like poor coding and people not reading permissions, not like apps have access to the device system like windows programming does. worst case i see is people will be billed for premium sms and have the carriers deduct it

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Really.....I kow there are some bad ppl out there....but if ppl really looked at, paid attention and understood what those permissions it asks for ...before downloading....installing.....it would help. How many ppl on desktop PC's check when installing software that they are not inadvertently installing some toolbar or pc security app. Or setting some website as their home page or search engine?

14. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

4.0.4 is second? Make me want install Kaspersky, not. So far fine without any antivirus. Just install what I really need

24. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

thank god i got jb on my nexus

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