Nokia reports 400% increase in malware infection rates, mostly on Android smartphones

Nokia reports 400% increase in malware infection rates, mostly on Android smartphones
Nokia is back in the headlines with its second bi-annual 'Threat Intelligence Report' where the crafty Finns explore mobile infections and vulnerabilities for the first and second half of the year (2016). The report paints a rather bleak picture – last year saw a 400% increase in malware infection rates, with smartphones being 85% of infected devices.

Unsurprisingly, Android phones and tablets are most vulnerable, for Android is the world's most popular operating system (yes), and therefore most targeted by attackers. In an interesting twist, infections among Windows PCs have fallen, which illustrates the overwhelming switch from PC to mobile.

What's also worrying is that the security of emerging Internet of Things (IoT) devices is becoming a point of concern, with targeted Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks disrupting their ability to connect to their network and function. Nokia proposed network-based security solutions in order to mitigate this.

The full Threat Intelligence Report can be accessed here, though Nokia requires a registration.

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source: Nokia via Android Headlines

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