Why Cyber-Criminals Target Android Devices

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 09-16-2015 Email

While the global market share of Android smartphones rose 6.4% in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the previous quarter, the number of malware strains outpaced the rise in devices, increasing by 21% since the first quarter of 2014. The study, "Mobile Malware Report, Q1/2015," was conducted by GDATA Mobile Solutions, an Internet security software firm. The company's security experts identified and analyzed 440,267 new malware samples in Q1 of this year, compared to 363,153 in Q1 of 2014. "The use of smartphones and tablets for online banking is increasing rapidly. With its dominant market position, the Android operating system in particular is coming to the attention of cyber-criminals" said Christian Geschkat, GDATA product manager. "Hence it is no surprise that attackers are developing and distributing financial malware such as banking trojans especially for this platform. We are expecting a significant increase in financially motivated malware for the Android operating system this year."

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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