Android: Top Three Malware Threats and Solutions

Android Threats and Solutions

1-Malware Threats to Mobile Operating Systems in 2012Malware Threats to Mobile Operating Systems in 2012

Android: 79%, Symbian: 19%, iOS: 0.7%, Others: 0.7%, Windows Mobile: 0.3%, BlackBerry: 0.3%

2-Types of Security ThreatsTypes of Security Threats

The report outlined security threats and mitigation strategies for the following: SMS (Short Message Service or text message) Trojan horses, rootkits, and fake Google Play domains

3-SMS Trojan HorsesSMS Trojan Horses

Almost half of the attacks on older Android OSes are done by SMS Trojans. Without the user’s knowledge, the Trojans send text messages to premium-rate numbers that are owned by cyber-criminals. These texts result in exorbitant charges to the user.

4-What To DoWhat To Do

Install an Android security suite designed to combat SMS threats. Suites can be purchased or downloaded free from the Internet.


In late 2011, a rootkit was discovered running on millions of mobile devices. It logged users’ locations, keystrokes, and passwords without their knowledge.

6-What To DoWhat To Do

Install the Carrier IQ test, a free application that detects and removes the malicious software.

7-Fake Google Play DomainsFake Google Play Domains

Google Play enables users to browse and download entertainment and media including music, books, magazines, movies and TV programs. Fake Google Play Domains are sites that cyber-criminals create to trick users into installing malicious applications so that they can steal sensitive information.

8-What To DoWhat To Do

Install only approved applications. Follow IT department procedures to update devices’ OSs. Users should install and regularly update Android antivirus software.

Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel is a contributor to CIO Insight. She covers cybersecurity topics such as digital transformation, vulnerabilities, phishing, malware, and information governance.

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