Mobile malware has grown by 163% in 2012, 95% of it targetted Android

Mobile malware has grown by 163% in 2012, 95% of it targetted Android
Let's be honest - malware is very, very uncool. Unfortunately, though, it's out there and it's even spreading its corruption to our peaceful and happy mobile world. The bad news is that mobile malware has substantially grown in 2012, by no less than 163%, compared to 2011. Not surprisingly, 95% of the infections have taken place on Android devices, seeing that it's one of the most open operating systems around.

The research has been done by NQ Mobile, which is, surprise, surprise, a mobile security company. Now, just because NQ Mobile is a security company doesn't mean that we should totally ignore their message, but it does mean that things may not be as ugly as they try to present them. According to the research, more than 32.8 million Android devices have been infected in 2012. This doesn't seem like a small number at all, even considering the astronomical sales of Android devices.

Despite being a major market, though, US users shouldn't be too worried, because most of the malware attacks seem to be focused on China, India and Russia. We certainly aren't the kind of people who'd recommend that you install a security app on your phone, not just yet at least, but it'll certainly be a good idea to limit those non-Play Store downloads as much as your can.


via: TechCrunch

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32 Comments

1. thelegend6657 unregistered

I heard that anti virus for Android doesnt work , worried cause i sideload things oftenly

5. iWorld

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

The only drawback of Open Source is "it is open for all including hackers and viruses".

14. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Android malware doesn't even exist to start with, all those are just gimmick Av-sponsored marketing nonsense to lure people into those already useless (Yes totally useless) products that supposedly 'protect' the device. Apps being run on Android have zero access to system resources let alone the ability to infect anything at all since everything is contained within the Dalvik VM. Those so called 'Malware Apps' are in fact Rogue Apps that are never automatically installed. It's the user's fault for compromising the system. At most those apps will exploit the permission system to steal data but they can't even damage anything at ALL. The user must be dumb enough to click on 'Install' when prompted, but once again, stupid people use smartphones.

29. DaNTRoN

Posts: 135; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Agree. No real threat to people who don't close their eyes and click buttons. Having worked tech support for three years, it's almost always user error.

40. thelegend6657 unregistered

ahem , i have root

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Oh, this is making me worry about my phone! Plus the picture of evil Android makes me damn worry! x(

21. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

not good for android, there are bunch of people using android around the world so google have to do something about malware. my dad using android, so i'm worry too

24. tharun80

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 12, 2013

malware does"nt work on android noob..

36. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

you didn't have to say noob, -1

34. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

(sigh) Malwares......... :( And you don't have to worry about that, cuz you're using a Nokia N8 (Symbian) and planning to change to Nokia 'Catwalk' (Windows Phone). You are SAFE! xD

3. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

For those who are paranoid about malware, I recommend Avast! Anti-virus. I should get paid for promoting B-)

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I'm using AVG! lol xD

12. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

im using AVG too! :)

18. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

GREAT! xD

39. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Antivirus software is pretty much useless on Android as everything is sandboxed, even the damn antivirus software.

6. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Lol antivirus for a phone

7. iWorld

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Continuously running app which will drain your battery

16. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

By any chance did you check your mobile's store before making that comment?

19. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

yes I have, there are games called antivirus

20. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

If your talking about Apple's app store, there are others that are not just games. They're marked as "Utilities". There's only a couple, but the point is they are there.

8. Tux_Alan

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

Anti viruses are still not a necessity if you chose your apps wisely but I see the day where they are unavoidable given all the personal info we keep on there... My whole life is on there....

13. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I agree that the necessity isn't there if one "keeps one's pants on" by sticking to credible sources. Still, I'd worry about drive-by downloads. Many of us (especially my customers, it seems) like going to "questionable" websites for free movies, porn, etc. Many of these sites slam PCs (usually Windows); it's not a major leap to imagine the same targeting done to Android and iOS.

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I predicted literally every point that showed up in this article. Nothing new here, folks.

25. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Malware on android isn't really a problem. If your careful you should be fine. This article was also quite predictable. Nothing new here move along people.

10. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Your mobile platform fails if you have to install an anti-virus app.

15. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Not just mobile platform.

37. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Then every platform fails. No platform is safe, even macs and iphone get malware. The #1 source of malware on android comes from piracy and fake apps, it is near impossible to get a virus if you stay on the play store and don't download random crap.

17. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

GG WP!

38. Troll12345

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 15, 2013

GG WP! Down the drain it belongs™

30. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Never use sideload apps and cracked/pirate apps. and you have small chance to get infected by herpes

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