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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38 Comments

1. airoid

Posts: 126; Member since: Dec 13, 2016

haha I've been using android for years without any battery-hog-down security app, but I never see any malware or virus.

2. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Just wondering, how would you know if your device was indeed affected? It's not like the virus/malware would announce itself or make it obvious lol.

4. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

He wouldn't know. He just thinks he knows...

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think most of the malware and infected software comes from both Microsoft and Apple. Install Apple music and it feels like malware. Also Microsoft has written so much software to take over your entire Android UI, from lockscreen, to launcher, to AI, to Cortana voice assistant. I guess Microsoft is pissed off, so they want to piss off Android users so they will go to anything but Android. Also most infections occur from unknown sources.

14. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"I think MOST of the malware and infected software comes from both Microsoft and Apple." Proceeds to end his nonsensical post with: "Also MOST infections occur from unknown sources." Because logic :/ I swear, you and Techie have got to be the dumbest SoBs I've ever encountered. I'm seriously gonna have to define most for you, aren't I? Sigh...

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Sorry, I should have said most of the spyware comes from both Apple and Microsoft. Besides Microsoft has everything to take over your entire Android smartphone. That's not a lie. That's 100% the truth.

19. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Sorry, I should have said most of the spyware comes from both Apple and Microsoft." Let's call a spade a spade here: MSFT and Apple have nothing to gain from your conspiracy theory. The majority of MSFT mobile profits come from iOS AND Android. Apple has TWO applications on GPS, two. Are you really trying to blame those companies for Android's malware problems? Problems that existed long before either company had apps in the Play Store? "Besides Microsoft has everything to take over your entire Android smartphone. That's not a lie. That's 100% the truth." That's absurd. You sound like a member of the tinfoil team right now bruh, just stand down.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No one knew about Stagefrightgate until it was already on millions of phones. He's in denial.

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Malware threat is real as hacker could put malware compromised ROM into supposedly 'new' Android phone bootlock it so you can't flash it back to original OEM rom. So where you pick up your new Android phone matters!

29. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

So show me a source where it says millions of phones were indeed affected by Stagefright and not just vulnerable?

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

What? Are you serious lol? Have you forgotten about the app that detects Stagefrightgate? Or that many Android OEMs were forced to patch out security updates?

33. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Like I said, how many millions of phone were affected (as in infected) by that bug. I don't mean vulnerable, but actually infected with some form of malware/virus due to that vulnerability?

34. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Here's the thing, it WAS an infection that affected millions of phones. And that's not including the other malware and virus incidents that have happened in the past.

35. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

No it was a vulnerability that hasn't been abused as far as I know. Stagefright didn't mean your phone was infected or didn't work anymore. It wasn't malware or a virus.

36. Mxyzptlk unregistered

mal·ware ˈmalwer/ nounCOMPUTING software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems. Sounds like malware to me.

37. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Stagefright wasn't intended to damage or disable devices, it's part of Android, namely the multimedia libraries. Those libraries had vulnerabilities in it. The checker app only checked if your system was vulnerable. Not that it was indeed damaged in any way. So no, Stagefright is NOT malware. And to my knowledge the vulnerabilities haven't been abused in big numbers that left devices damaged/disabled or unworkable.

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It was there, left open, though. Regardless what it was and what it didn't do, it was still a major security issue for Android. I think you are downplaying it a little. That's not even the tip of the iceberg.

24. mi7chy

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 18, 2016

Probably his family's nude pictures haven't appeared all over the internet like what happened with iPhone.

28. mikehunta727 unregistered

More Google accounts got hacked in "icloud celebgate" than iCloud accounts did

3. Unordinary unregistered

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6. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Exactly

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

In other news, Microsoft reports no virus or malware in their Windows Phone platform. Either no one cares about it or no one cares about it.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That's because there is little to no useful apps for Windows Phone. Besides Microsoft is hard at work making sure that all their spyware works with ease on Android. Don't you know already that you can replace everything on Android to make it look and feel like a Windows Phone device. You can install Cortana, launchers from Microsoft or other launchers that look and feel like Windows Phone. You can even install Microsoft's​ lockscreen, and more.

18. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

You. I like you. I like people explaining jokes.

20. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Lmao.

7. mikehunta727 unregistered

People need their updates man..whether they realize it or not, doesn't matter if your device is "working just fine" without it, your life is on your device and the internet, protect it at all costs; updates seriously help in this regard. Keep your apps always up to date also iOS 10.3(came out today) patched 85 CVE's in iOS

8. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Maybe they want to sell you their pure android phones on the basis of security?

10. LovesCameras

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

Google's skynet and zombie apocalypse are nothing new. Now it would be nice to have a comparison to BlackBerry droids, which are supposed to be safer.

12. LAGDROIDLOL

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 27, 2017

LAGDROID WILL DROID

13. devon613

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

I have a iPhone and I get all types of malware on my apps it's annoying

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