Uncle Sam: 79% of malware was sent to Android in 2012

Uncle Sam: 79% of malware was sent to Android in 2012
Uncle Sam wants you...to stop sending malware to Android. A joint report from the US Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice shows that of the major mobile platforms used in the U.S., it was Google's open source OS that was the target of the vast majority of  malware threats. The stats showed that an overwhelming 79% of malware was targeted to an Android powered device in 2012. The only other platform targeted by more than 1% of the malware that was sent out was Symbian which was the bullseye 19% of the time.

The unclassified document showed iOS with a .7% share of malware attacks in 2012 while BlackBerry and Windows Mobile each were targeted .3% of the time. Windows Phone attacks were statistically insignificant. The report blamed Android's large market share and the open source nature of the OS for being the "primary target for malware attacks," and suggested that local, state and federal employees update and patch their mobile phones.

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



1. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Well that's no good... Luckily I'm not dumb and I've never had a problem...

4. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

So that makes it acceptable?? What about the naive teenager installing dodgy games/apps from 3rd party sources

8. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

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.

10. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Only the stupid get viruses on windows/android because they think their too cool for anti virus and immune to all the malware thats in their pirated apps.

22. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

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...

15. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

I never said it was acceptable. Is it top priority? I don't think so, but Google needs to do something sooner or later. I merely acknowledged that it was a problem I didn't have to worry about.

16. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

doesnt thearticle says its only a problem with older builds of android? read first before comenting

19. takeja

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

I call it freedom.....if you are dumb, buy an iPhone.....otherwise take your responsibility like in a real life

12. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

PA slyly didn't say that this only concern GingerBread in the old version. And not at all the OS versions after GB

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

What's malware or a virus? I've never ever gotten one, even after using Windows for years.

20. takeja

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

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

2. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

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.

3. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

Why don't you say that this only concern GingerBread in the old version. Apple's money doesn't smell . Right? LOL

5. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

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.

11. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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.

6. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

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?

7. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"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.

9. papss unregistered

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.

13. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

Not only dominant os, but also some stupid ppl can EASY download cracked expensive apps . Besides, PA apple-ishly, didn't say that this ONLY concern GingerBread in the old version.

14. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Android also has around that much market share among smartphone OS.

18. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

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.....

21. tucutucu

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 03, 2013


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