Uncle Sam: 79% of malware was sent to Android in 2012
posted by Alan F. / Aug 26, 2013, 6:52 PM
The report noted that Trojans sent through text messages represent 50% of the malware found now on models with older builds of Android installed. The malware directs the phone to dial expensive premium numbers owned by hackers. Users can fight back by installing a security suite. Rootkits are another form of malware that can log the keystrokes made by a phone's user and thus reveal passwords. The Carrier IQ app can detect and remove this malware. Lastly, the report states that fake Google Play domains can steal important information including financial data. Installing antivirus software could help in this situation.
source: DHS via WMPoweruser
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Well that's no good... Luckily I'm not dumb and I've never had a problem...
posted on Aug 26, 2013, 7:03 PM 6
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So that makes it acceptable?? What about the naive teenager installing dodgy games/apps from 3rd party sources
posted on Aug 26, 2013, 7:18 PM 1
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thats there fault isnt it. if you stay within googles rules chances are very slim. if you go around installing pirated games and these naive teenagers know pirated apps etc is wrong then they only have themselves to blame. if you installing from 3rd party sources you can only blame yourself and not others. being naive doesnt absolve you from blame.
posted on Aug 26, 2013, 7:27 PM 4
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I use a Nokia Lumia 920 running WP8 OS, and have never had to deal with the malware or spyware that has infiltrated Android OS. If you want speed and security for a mobile device, then WP8 is an excellent option...
posted on Aug 27, 2013, 1:33 AM 0
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Like 99%.....just keep Google play and there is no chance to get any malware And don't remember that 1) "Apple iOS Apps Leak More Personal Info Than Android". 2) "iPhones most vulnerable among smartphones" 3) "40% of iOS popular apps invade your privacy without any permission" So you are safer with android if you are not dumb
posted on Aug 27, 2013, 12:53 AM 0
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Coincidently, this is the same percentage of Android's world wide marketshare. This is how hackers like it. Reverse the Android Apple role and it will follow the pattern. Too much Apple news to propogate insignificance of its competitor. Same MO every year before Apple launch. John B.
posted on Aug 26, 2013, 7:15 PM 3
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Why don't you say that this only concern GingerBread in the old version. Apple's money doesn't smell . Right? LOL
posted on Aug 26, 2013, 7:15 PM 0
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Did you miss the part about Apple devices being targeted 0.7% of the time? Why isn't the figure closer to 20% if google's money smells SO much better.
posted on Aug 26, 2013, 7:25 PM 1
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Because iPhones are on a lockdown on a level above the North/South Korean border. If they could actually use stuff besides what apple allowed they would be full of malware. The .7% is mostly from people who jailbreak their iphones and install pirated apps.
posted on Aug 26, 2013, 7:48 PM 3
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This chart is pretty shocking. How can iOS be so low despite being the 2nd most common OS? I know iPhone has a hard time in emerging markets due to the price barrier, but one would think it'd at least break a few percent?
posted on Aug 26, 2013, 7:26 PM 0
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"Users can fight back by..." Not doing anything. Sorry, just doing nothing is all you need to do. Android isn't windows. In fact, it so funny that even on Symantec's web site for various "malware" for Android, the secondary method for removing it is to go to applications and remove it.
posted on Aug 26, 2013, 7:27 PM 1
I can see where this will be going.. anyways its obvious why its much higher on android.. When you are a dominant os why wouldn't they make viruses on it, same way with desktop windows.
posted on Aug 26, 2013, 7:41 PM 0
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it is quite telling that ios didnt break 1% even though it is very popular android is statistically less safe than even symbian and apologizing for that wont change it there is an upside to a closed os... I mean... who da faq wants malware on their phone? even though I know that most malware is the fault of the user... you have to blame googe for allowing malware in its store... then you talk about people that dont have access to the store and.... its like malware central outside the play store in the end... it is the user who installs the app but if the app is maliciously coded.....
posted on Aug 27, 2013, 12:36 AM 1
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