Android malware rises threefold in Q2 2012

Android malware rises threefold in Q2 2012Security 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.

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jaybear88  Aug. 16, 2012 at 17:48

Google needs to address this more aggressively soon. Why not have an "officially checked by Google" certification on apps if they have been checked by Googles bouncers? And have a simple tick box on your account to enable "only display ceritifed" so that people can have the best of both worlds, depending on their choice?

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 16, 2012 at 19:12

Funny how these threats are always found by companies with paid security apps available on the Play Store...

Pondlife  Aug. 16, 2012 at 20:16

Who else would be looking for them?

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 16, 2012 at 20:35

Who else would be looking for them?
Who else profits from scaring people over them?

Pondlife  Aug. 16, 2012 at 20:40


matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 16, 2012 at 20:43

And even they don't bother.


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