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Android Malware up 400%

Android Malware

In just six months, between June 2010 and January 2011, Android targeted malware threats went up by 400% (June vs January) according to new research published by Juniper Networks (via Help Net Security).

With predictions of smart devices set to eclipse computer use in the future, malware authors have turned their attention to mobile platforms with a vengeance, and the research highlights this problem well.

The findings show that there is a deep need for improving mobile security awareness amongst user and organisations, while better policies and solutions are needed to mitigate the risks of a growth of mobile devices on networks. The report highlights the following key points:

  1. The lack of anti-malware on mobile devices is a key disabler to securing the devices on the network, and off-putting to new users using diverse app stores
  2. WiFi is a core infection vector on mobile devices, and this will need to be addressed in order to make such devices safe
  3. Device loss and theft remains a core concern for confidential data or data access

You can read the full Help Net Security story here, or access the full report here (free registration is required to access the full report).

 

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About Justin Bellinger

Justin is an experienced software professional, having worked in software and software security for nearly 20 years. Justin is VP of Security Products at SPAMfighter.
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3 Comments

  1. Sean Parker says:

    What!! Are you freaking saying the truth?? I don’t believe this?? I have been using HTC Wildfire since a long time & never experienced this sort of malware problems?? Should I turn to Apple’s iOS?? Is that safe?? Kindly help me? I am a marketing head where I have all important contacts lined up in my phone!!!

  2. @Sean Parker

    Hi Sean, I regret that we are indeed reporting the current findings of malware analysts. If you have a chance to be affected is more down to being careful what you authorize to run on your device, and if you are allowing your device to be run in “supervisor” or “super user” mode. We cannot comment, at this time, on your specific device, but will try to find out more, and report back in a follow up post.

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