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Android phones are world’s most malware-infected mobile devices

Ike Suarez | Feb. 3, 2014
Kindsight Security Labs releases Q4 2013 report

Android smart phones are the world's most malware-infected mobile devices with 60% of them globally having been successfully targeted by malicious software in the last quarter of (Q4) 2013.

This was according to the Kindsight Security Labs Malware Report-Q4  2013 whose findings have been made available recently.

The report by the malware detection arm of the Ontario-based network security solutions provider said the figures regarding infected devices was conservative.

It explained that this was because detectors of Alcatel-Lucent-Kindsight's parent company-were not employed in China and Russia where infection rates are known to be higher.

Largest Market Share

The report attributed the 60% infection rate to the fact that Android devices hold the largest share of the global market for smartphones.

It explained cybercriminals often go after low hanging fruit to maximise results from their efforts.

It likewise said 40% of infected devices were Windows PCs connected to the mobile network.

On the other hand, iPhone, Blackberry, Symbian and Windows Mobile accounted for less than one percent of infected mobile devices.

The report noted that unlike the iPhone or Blackberry, the Android offers the ability to load them from third party app sites.

This hands over to cybercriminals an unpoliced mechanism for their malware's distribution.

Most common types of malware infecting Android devices were the following:

  • Adware
  • Information Stealers
  • SpyPhone
  • SMS Trojans
  • Banking Trojans
  • Fake Security Software

Kindsight is a vendor of network security solutions for carriers and service providers.

There are an estimated 2.1 billion smartphones globally, according to the International Telecommunications Union.



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