Nokia report claims smartphone malware infections nearly doubled in H1 2016

Reports about mobile device infections have become a trend in the last couple of years, especially since this has become a major issues for the smartphone market.

It's not just Android devices that are targeted by hackers, but, as most reports confirm, Android is the obvious choice for malware attacks since the platform has the largest user base in the world.

The first biannual Nokia malware report for 2016 emphasizes once again that malware is a real threat not just for Android phones, but for all other smartphones as well.

According to Nokia's report, mobile device infection rose an astounding 96% in the first half of 2016, reaching an all-time high in April. Basically, the smartphone infections nearly doubled in the first six months of the year compared to the latter half of 2015.

Furthermore, no less than 78% of all mobile network infections targeted smartphones. The report also mentions that devices based on Android platform were the most targeted by far, accounting for 74% of all mobile malware infections.

As mentioned earlier, mobile device infection reached an all-time high in April when one out of every 120 smartphones had some type of malware infection.

Also, the number of infected Android apps that are present in Nokia's malware database surged by 75% from 5.1 million in December 2015 to 8.9 million in July 2016.

The three most dangerous mobile threats detected by Nokia were Uapush.A, Kasandra.B and SMSTracker, which together accounted for 47% of all infections.

For your information, the Nokia Threat Intelligence Report has been created from deployments of the Nokia NetGuard Endpoint Security solution, which covers more than 100 million devices (mobiles, laptops, notepads and IoT).

source: Nokia

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