Report: Android the target of 97% of mobile malware last year

Report: Android the target of 97% of mobile malware last year
Android has been in the bullseye for mobile malware attacks more than ever. According to the latest report from F-Secure, last year Android was targeted in 97% of mobile malware attacks, up from 79% in 2012. The actual number of attacks aimed at Google's open source OS soared from 238 to 804. In case you're wondering, attacks on Symbian made up the remaining 3%, or 23 malware attempts.

The good news, if you live in the U.S., is that these attacks are mostly attempted overseas, with just 5% taking place in the states. Of the top ten countries reporting efforts to infect Android, 75% of the incidents came from Saudi Arabia and India. The top five European countries on the list made up only 15% of the discovered malware cases.The report also says that it would be wrong to say that Google isn't trying to beef up security on Android.

After testing apps from various third party app stores, one third of apps from Android159 were found to contain malware. The good news though, is that a puny .1% of apps from the Google Play Store were infected.

via: TheNextWeb via WMPoweruser



1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012


5. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

2. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

So, only 40ish people got attacked in the US. Statistically, that is pretty much nothing.

8. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2359; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Only 60ish percent , didn't even know it....

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Malware authors go for the largest target - Android on smartphones. Same for Windows on PCs (largest target of opportunity).

4. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

"The good news though, is that a puny .1% of apps from the Google Play Store were infected." And the really only important portion of this write up. Way to bury the lead, PA. This is the WORST one, and it is almost non-existent as most people on PA have repeatedly said. What this shows is that of all the reasons to pick one OS over the other, all the major players are excellent at protecting you. Considering the amazing number of devices sold, I find that a compliment to all of them.

7. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

+1 I'd even go farther that the amount of downloads on that .1% compared to the total Google Play downloads is even smaller in percentage.

6. galanoth07

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They will target the most famous Operating Systems like android(phones) and windows(pc). But there are antivirus softwares :)

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012 Now trying this out. Better than 360 Security in term of discovering additional junk file related to the uninstalled app. Prompt me to remove. This keep the phone storage neat and prime condition.

10. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

So there were no attacks on iPhones?

14. Jericho unregistered

Compared to android, ios has niche market its only logical to attack the OS with the more active users.

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Their probably were, it's just Alan reporting so don't expect a balanced look.

11. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

With 80% market share does this sound absurd?

12. shahluffyz

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

"With great power, comes great responsibility." - Android

13. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Good one!

15. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Its users responsibility and not Android OS. If peoples desicde to use 3d party appstores and they just opened the door for the attackers. Mostly they already know the risks and nothing to blame.

17. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

As far as the most popular, largest user base being targeted...I wonder whats the number for iOS before Android became so popular. I would say BB but they are locked down so tight it wouldnt matter.

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