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[IM] Android Sees 91.3% Of All Mobile Malware Threats

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According to the most recent Mobile Threat Report by F-Secure Labs, the Google Android operating system is being targeted much more heavily than anything from Apple or other competitors.

Source: http://www.insidermonkey.com/blog/apple-inc-aapl-faces-no-mobile-malware-google-inc-goog-sees-91-3-of-all-threats-141913/

Scary stuff.
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So Android gets 91%, Symbian gets ~9%, and the rest get none at all?
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Damon.A is a backdoor program that circulates in a third party Android app market in China.
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Chuli.A is an information stealing trojan that was used in a targeted attack involving a Tibetan activist and several other high-profile human rights activists.
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Exprespam.A is a trojan that harvests personal information from an infected device. It has been circulating in the unofficial Android app market and targets Android users in Japan.

Pretty much every single one that they provide some detailed information on is in a similar boat. Third party app market, unofficial app market, targeted for someone/some group in specific. Just another click generating article with a title poised to get people hyped when in reality 99.913% of people aren't even at risk of these. I also highly doubt this is accurate because there has been reports of iOS infections as well.

This is also what happens when the OS is a bit more open. People tinker with things and get stuff from places they shouldn't which then causes them problems. iOS at least requires jailbreaking before you're at a real risk of downloading something that isn't supposed to be on the app store.
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Originally Posted by Crazy9000 View Post

So Android gets 91%, Symbian gets ~9%, and the rest get none at all?

Here is where they get their data from:
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THIS REPORT IS BASED ON MOBILE APPLICATION DATA GATHERED DURING THE PERIOD OF 1ST JANUARy TO 31ST MARCH 2013
FROM A VARIETy OF SOURCES INCLUDING, AMONG OTHERS, THE OFFICIAL ANDROID PLAy STORE AND APPLE APP STORE, THIRD PARTy MOBILE APPLICATION SITES, AND ANONyMIzED DATA FROM F-SECURE MOBILE SECURITy CUSTOMERS. THE COLLECTED
SAMPLES AND DATA ARE SCANNED By MULTIPLE INTERNAL ANALySIS SySTEMS, AS wELL AS By F-SECURE LABS’ THREAT RESEARCH
ANALySTS.

(They are the ones with the broken caps lock / odd capitalization, I'm just too lazy to reformat it tongue.gif)

Looks like they really only targeted the Google Play store, the Apple App market, and Android users of their own security software for the data in this report.

It doesn't sound like they actually went looking for data for the other platforms themselves. Now, I wonder why they only found malware only on Android and iOS . . .
Edited by AtomicFrost - 5/15/13 at 3:43pm
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post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by AtomicFrost View Post

Here is where they get their data from:
(They are the ones with the broken caps lock / odd capitalization, I'm just too lazy to reformat it tongue.gif)

Looks like they really only targeted the Google Play store, the Apple App market, and Android users of their own security software. Doesn't sound like they actually went looking for data for the other platforms themselves.

So this report is saying there are no virus on the official apple APP store, while there are andriod virus on shady third party sites? Shocking.
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Seems legit.
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So, users are getting infected by using an unofficial Market software, and are mostly localized in China?

Yep, Google has got some very bad flaws on their OS! rolleyes.gif
   
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Originally Posted by GrizzleBoy View Post

Seems legit.

More than legit. Kaspersky's reports via their blog, Securelist, has very much the same stats.

Hi:

android_malware.jpg

Source: http://www.securelist.com/en/analysis/204792254/Kaspersky_Security_Bulletin_2012_Malware_Evolution

Also see: http://www.securelist.com/en/analysis/204792255/Kaspersky_Security_Bulletin_2012_The_overall_statistics_for_2012
Edited by chinesekiwi - 5/16/13 at 5:17am
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that's because Google is a lot less strict than Apple on what third party apps they allow users to download, and spammers and others who make viruses take advantage of a user's stupidity.
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Originally Posted by jlpurvis View Post

that's because Google is a lot less strict than Apple on what third party apps they allow users to download, and spammers and others who make viruses take advantage of a user's stupidity.

and this. But don't tell the 'Hate Apple because it's cool to' bandwagoners.
Plenty of good things and good philosophies Apple does and follows. And plenty of bad ones too. But don't be bias. Pros and cons.
Edited by chinesekiwi - 5/16/13 at 5:21am
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