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Android malware by quarter  (Source: TechCrunch)
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 premium numbers 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.

Source: TechCrunch

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Consequences of open platforms...
By ertomas on 11/21/2011 1:27:13 PM , Rating: 5
This is similar to what happens on the PC world. Windows being an open platform has lots of sources for applications and therefore less control from MS. Same goes for Google.

This is one of the advantages of Apple's tight platform control.

However, i'll stick with my W7 PC and "Cyanogenmodded" Galaxy S...

By amanojaku on 11/21/2011 7:54:10 PM , Rating: 2
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.
And yet, this "tight platform control" didn't stop Charlie Miller from uploading an app that bypassed iOS and App Store security. Lapses in security that existed for about a year. And he warned Apple BEFORE he attempted the upload and exploit. And they didn't fix either problem until the story got out to the public...

I think Charlie proved the iOS doesn't have malware, but not because it's not possible. It's because no one tries.

RE: Consequences of open platforms...
By Jaybus on 11/22/2011 6:48:31 AM , Rating: 3
Android developers can upload their software for free. It costs money to place an ap in the Apple Store. The @holes who upload malware don't have the money. In that way I agree, but it's not because of tight control. It's an economic reason.

This just in...
By room200 on 11/21/2011 2:06:14 PM , Rating: 5
Android report Claims Virtually All McAfee products are resource-hogging CRAP.

RE: This just in...
By Aaron M on 11/22/2011 1:39:23 PM , Rating: 2
Ad hominem attacks? What does that have to do with the article? Do you think it's credible, or not?

Don't use this POS software
By Lazlo Panaflex on 11/21/2011 3:32:39 PM , Rating: 5
Crap-a-Fee makes my Dual Core Lenovo work laptop run like a three-legged dog trying to play fetch in two feet of snow in a blizzard. And I can't uninstall it.

RE: Don't use this POS software
By The Raven on 11/22/2011 11:24:15 AM , Rating: 2
Wait...which leg is missing, how long are the remaining legs, how wide are the paws, how much does the dog weigh and is it long-haired or short-haired?

Missing information
By SkullOne on 11/21/2011 1:24:36 PM , Rating: 3
What websites are these malware applications coming from? Android Market, Appbrain, GetJar, or Amazon? Funny, don't see any huge malware infections being talked about on the big four.

Oh's all those untrustworthy 3rd party sites based out of places like China that nobody should be visiting in the first place.

I'm guessing this was the talk at the water cooler last week over at McAfee: "OK guys, we need to make money off the Android Army. What story can we spin in our favor to make the uninformed fearful and pay us for worthless software?"

RE: Missing information
By Dr of crap on 11/22/2011 9:01:23 AM , Rating: 2
You saying I should not get that cool app from "We got r china apps"?

Damn homie, that app is way cool!

75 million and counting
By drycrust3 on 11/21/2011 4:34:08 PM , Rating: 1
By the end of 2011, McAfee is predicting that there will be 75 million different and unique malware threats.

My guess is this 75 million is the total amount of malware on the net, which sort of points out a major problem: antivirus software doesn't work.

RE: 75 million and counting
By Dr of crap on 11/22/2011 9:04:35 AM , Rating: 2
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!

RE: 75 million and counting
By Solandri on 11/22/2011 11:29:37 AM , Rating: 2
It's an amusing number. Google just recently reported its 200 millionth Android activation. So McAfee is predicting there will be one different and unique malware threat for every 2.7 Android devices out there.

I suspect that's far, far, beyond the point of diminishing returns for malware authors. And the real figure is several orders of magnitude smaller.

Get on it, Android
By chmilz on 11/21/2011 1:01:51 PM , Rating: 2
I don't want to see Justin Long's face on TV telling me how awesome he is.

Just get Lookout for free.
By quiksilvr on 11/21/2011 1:12:39 PM , Rating: 2
It scans all apps installed before you can run it and lets you know when an app you installed is malicious.

the real question is...
By kleinma on 11/21/2011 5:48:59 PM , Rating: 2
How many of this malware is actually getting into the phone lets say via a browser hack, and how many are getting in because users download some stupid free game that for some odd reason requests every single permissions your phone could grant???

There simply is no cure for stupid.

"If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." -- Scientology founder L. Ron. Hubbard

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