McAfee Report Claims Virtually All Mobile Malware in Q3 2011 Aimed at Android
November 21, 2011 12:45 PM
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Android malware by quarter
Android users beware
McAfee has issued a new report that looks at mobile malware threats for Q3 2011. According go the security firm, nearly all new mobile malware for the quarter was targeted at Android.
That is no surprise considering that Android allows for third-party app stores and doesn't check the apps on the main store to the extent that Apple checks its apps on the App Store. Android OS is also the
most popular mobile operating system for smartphones
, so it’s an easy target.
The company found that malware aimed at Android devices rose nearly 37% since Q2 2011. 2011 is on track to be the business year for malware ever.
By the end of 2011, McAfee is predicting that there will be 75 million different and unique malware threats. McAfee thinks that part of the reason malware is increasingly targeting Android is that devices running the OS are so popular.
According to the company, one of the most common malware threats for Q3 were trojans that sent SMS messages and stole money. The messages are generally to
that cost the user money on their phone bills. McAfee also noted that other common types of malware include fake AV, autorun, and trojans that steal passwords.
It's also interesting to note that the U.S. is the number one source of services that hold malware. The report pegs 65.8% of the servers with malware in the U.S. with Europe and the Middle East collectively having 22.8% of all servers with malware.
The massive growth in malware this year has lead to 2011 being called the year of mobile malware. Apple is being
overlooked for malware
threats thanks in part to tighter security practices.
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RE: 75 million and counting
Dr of crap
Dr of crap
11/22/2011 9:04:35 AM
Nature takes care of the stupid.
Go to some shady website - get a virus.
Open some shady email - get a virus.
Use McAfee - get a slow PC and pay for it as well - oh sorry.
I don't get malware, ok maybe I've had a few, and the anit-virus software I have has taken care of it. And it aint McAfee!
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