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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20 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Damn! 80% market share makes Android the biggest target of spammers.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Keep telling yourself that. Meanwhile, in the real world, the reason is because it's the easiest (and cheapest) to break into.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

Actually, trojan_horse is correct. The individuals that create this stuff usually go after the biggest targets. Infecting phones with malware is a lucrative business for many. Targeting the platform with the most users is only logical.

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It's all so proportional too. 80% marketshare = 80% of infected devices means that it is pretty much as secure as all other platforms because the rate of infection is one to one. Also, less than 1% of all devices are even concerned here so it really isn't that big of a deal.

6. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That's half of the reasons, malware developers also love big audience targets.

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

"the reason is because it's the easiest (and cheapest) to break into." I would like to know what are your basis to your statement or are you just blowing out hot air!?

10. trnz007

Posts: 48; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

No you are wrong.Windows is far more secure than android. According to the pie chart it shows android users, WINDOWS/PC which includes the pc users as well and others. There are far more windows users (wm+pc) than android users and it only has 22% users affected compared to androids 74%.

11. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Android is at 86% and no there are far more Android devices than WindowsPC/Mobile and iOS/OSX combined.

13. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

do you have data? net marktshare and microsoft data shows may 2016 there were 300 million active windows 10 and 17% marketshare. if you do simple math there is nearly 1.8 billion pc outhere and more than 90% run windows, because people dont buy new pc like mobile it doesnt mean they dont keep their old pc, atm, banks, enterprise, servers etc they use windows

15. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

since windows 8.1 to windows 10 no single malware enter in my desktop or laptop, older version like win 7 and xp were not secure like newer version.

18. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

And 98%+ of confirmed malware reports are coming out of shady 3rd party Chinese and Russian app markets.

2. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

good news for android lovers out there. Get infected is good.

4. hillaryisacriminal

Posts: 242; Member since: Aug 26, 2016

android is itself a spyware which spies on their poor sheep by collecting their data so that it can serve them better by selling their information to some online vendors.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

Dude, give it a rest already. Your circle-jerking is extremely monotonous now.

12. hillaryisacriminal

Posts: 242; Member since: Aug 26, 2016

im just trying to say that blackberry 10 is the best secured os bruh.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

No you're not. You're trying to troll Android, just like you've been doing since you created your account. You really need to chill with that trolling nonsense.

8. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

well said. They are looking for our data to serve theirself better. But everyone is looking for our data. Example, facebook want our contacts to serve us better. How they cannot serve us better without stealing our phone book? Apple is also on the same page, I bet if they can allow you to use their device without creating any account. Only Nokia symbian was directly usable in it's early days.

14. hillaryisacriminal

Posts: 242; Member since: Aug 26, 2016

totally agree.

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

what is "Nokia NetGuard Endpoint Security solution"? can't find any article about it (apart from this news), and they claim it have installed on 100million devices? tried to google with keyword "Nokia NetGuard Endpoint Security solution" (with quote) only give 7 result right now

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I see they are trying to sell us security software suite. No wonder the drumming up of disproportional summery. Both MS and Apple fan boy are licking up this honey comb without any intelligence investigative work as usual. If they could believe Tim Cook's used car sales man pep talk, I think I shouldn't have any high expectation of them.

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