Mobile Malware Threats Getting Steadily Worse

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 07-16-2013

Mobile Malware Threats Getting Steadily Worse

Mobile Threats Are Growing Exponentially  Between March 2012 and March 2013, mobile malware threats jumped 614% to reach a total of 276,259 unique malicious applications.

Mobile Malware Threats Getting Steadily Worse

Mobile Malware Threats Getting Steadily Worse

Android Is At the Epicenter  Because Android, which accounts for 67% of OSs on all smartphones shipped in 2012, is so popular, malware writers are focusing their efforts on it. In fact, 92% of all malware is targeting Android rather than a different mobile operating system.

Mobile Malware Threats Getting Steadily Worse

Mobile Malware Threats Getting Steadily Worse

It Didn't Used to be Such a Target  To make that figure all the more staggering, it should be pointed out that in March 2010, just 24% of all mobile malware targeted Android.

Mobile Malware Threats Getting Steadily Worse

Mobile Malware Threats Getting Steadily Worse

Avoid Unauthorized Android App Stores  To increase their odds of duping unsuspecting users, malware writers have been placing their creations in third-party app marketplaces. In fact, more than 500 third-party Android app marketplaces contain malware.

Mobile Malware Threats Getting Steadily Worse

Mobile Malware Threats Getting Steadily Worse

Where the Threats Are Coming From  Not surprisingly, 60% of all mobile malware originates from China or Russia.

Mobile Malware Threats Getting Steadily Worse

Mobile Malware Threats Getting Steadily Worse

What's the Biggest Threat?  73% of all mobile malware threats are FakeInstallers or SMS Trojans that can access mobile-payment services and send a quick score of cash to their creators.

Mobile Malware Threats Getting Steadily Worse

Mobile Malware Threats Getting Steadily Worse

Scoring Quick Money  Each time a malicious hacker gets her or her malware on a device and attacks a payment solution, the person can generate an immediate $10 profit. Cha-Ching!

Mobile Malware Threats Getting Steadily Worse

Mobile Malware Threats Getting Steadily Worse

Download the Latest Version!  Android fragmentation is one of the leading causes of trouble. Just 4% of Android users are running the OS’s latest version. However, the latest version is capable of safeguarding users from 77% of all Android threats. The older versions, which most users are running, aren't nearly as strong.

Mobile Malware Threats Getting Steadily Worse

Mobile Malware Threats Getting Steadily Worse

Beware of Free Apps  Although free applications seem like a good deal, they pose a huge risk to corporate data. In fact, free apps are three times more likely than paid programs to track locations, and 2.5 times more likely to access address books.

Mobile Malware Threats Getting Steadily Worse

Mobile Malware Threats Getting Steadily Worse

Accessing Account Information  Even more troubling, the number of free applications gaining access to account information has jumped from 5.9% to 10.5% over the last eight months.

Mobile Malware Threats Getting Steadily Worse