Security guys Kaspersky are no strangers to issuing scary warnings. Just a few weeks ago, we heard that only 19% of Brits have security software installed on their smartphones.
Now we’re being told that Android malware leapt significantly in Q2 2012. Run for your lives!
The news comes complete with a lovely graph, showing just how crazy things have gotten. There were 5,441 threats identified in Q1 2012, rising to 14,923 in Q2. Sweet Moses.
Nearly half (49%) of the threats are categorised as Trojans, stealing data such as contact names, email addresses, and phone numbers.
A quarter of threats are SMS Trojans, sending texts to premium rate numbers without users’ consent and racking up crazy bills. While such threats were initially specific to the former USSR, South-East Asia, and China, they’re now spreading across the globe.
Just under a fifth (18%) are backdoors, while thankfully just 2% are Trojan Spy programs on the lookout for bank details and that.
“In the near future, we expect not only more malware, but more effective and dangerous malware targeting Android,” wept Yuri Namestnikov, Senior Malware Analyst at Kaspersky Lab.
“Judging from existing trends, we should expect that cybercriminals will soon shift to more personalised attacks. This is primarily about malware hunting for confidential data with which to steal money from users’ credit cards.”
Of course, you can always go and buy Kaspersky’s Android app for £7.95.