Android Dominates Mobile Malware

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 @ 05:02 PM gHale

Last year was prime year for bad guys targeting mobile devices and the Android OS was the leader of the pack by far with 96.5 percent of all mobile malware infections, a new report said.

Symbian was a distant second at 3.45 percent and iOS, BlackBerry, PalmOS and Windows together don’t even warrant 1 percent, according to the report by Network security provider Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs.

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“The rapid growth of malware targeting Android continues to be of concern to system administrators who have implemented a mobile device strategy on their networks,” said Axelle Apvrille, senior mobile antivirus researcher with Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs. “FortiGuard Labs detected over 1,800 new distinct families of viruses in the past year, and the majority of those are targeting Google’s Android platform. Looking at the growth of Android malware, we can see that there is much to be concerned about in 2014. The growth shows no signs of slowing; in fact, the growth seems to be accelerating.”

While attacks on platforms such as Symbian wane, attackers have made Android the number one mobile target. The NewyearL.B Android malware, which was bundled inside seemingly harmless downloads like a flashlight application, continued to target millions of devices and was the number one mobile malware family seen all year. Unwitting or unaware users looking to try out the latest games or apps find themselves unknowingly sharing a wealth of personal information with an attacker, leading to obtrusive advertisements and other negative effects, such as allowing NewyearL.B permission to add and remove system icons and modify and delete the contents of any external storage. And the distribution of Android malware continues to accelerate.

“Clearly cybercriminals are putting a substantial amount of effort into churning out hundreds of thousands of new variants daily in the hopes that some of them will be successfully implanted on a target device,” Apvrille said.

Top 10 Mobile Malware Families based on reported incidents
1. Android/NewyearL.B
2. Android/DrdLight.D
3. Android/DrdDream
4. Android/SMSSend Family
5. Android/OpFake Family
6. Android/Basebridge.A
7. Android/Agent Family
8. Android/AndCom.A
9. Android/Lotoor Family
10. Android/Qdplugin.A

Click here to download the report.

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