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Amount of Android Malware Surges in Q3 2012

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China and Russia targeted due to its "less secure" third party app markets.

During the third quarter of 2012, Android’s malware issues escalated considerably, according to a mobile threat report from security firm F-Secure.

The company detected “a whopping 51,447 unique samples” during the quarter, representing an increase from 5,033 in the previous quarter and 3,063 in Q1.

F-Secure said the malware surge may be “a natural consequence of continued high growth”. It believes Android’s continued growth -- especially in countries such as China and Russia who have “less secure” third party app markets -- is a more likely explanation for the malware surge, as opposed to malware developers surpassing Google’s Play Store scanning system.

"The surge may better be attributed as a natural consequence of the continued high growth in Android smartphone adoption this quarter, particularly in regions such as China and Russia. In fact, in Q2, China officially surpassed the United States as the largest market for smartphones, with Android handsets accounting 81% of that market," it said.

The security firm added that the majority of the new Android malware found in Q3 are designed to “generate profit from SMS sending activities or by harvesting information found on the infected device."

Google's Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update, which will become available through the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 on November 13, will deliver an improved malware scanner that has integrated additional security measures.

Elsewhere, Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread accounts for the most blocked malware attempts with 28 percent. "...in 48% of all cases victims of cybercriminals used Gingerbread, which was installed on 55% of all devices, while in 43% of all cases the victims had Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android OS, which is installed on 23.7% of all devices," said Securelist.

 

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    DjEaZy , November 13, 2012 4:19 AM
    ... google and nVidia makes linux not secure... because of trying to make some linux code proprietary...
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    drenyx , November 13, 2012 4:47 AM
    ...in 48% of all cases victims of cybercriminals used Gingerbread, which was installed on 55% of all devices, while in 43% of all cases the victims had Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android OS, which is installed on 23.7% of all devices," said Securelist.

    and I thought I dropped that english class because my run-on sentances were bad.

    In other news...phones like my wife's is running Jelly Bean already, (4.1.x) so ICS is not the latest version of Android OS
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    jerm1027 , November 13, 2012 5:01 AM
    Really? When is Tom's going to fire Zak? This is hardly journalism especially considering the fact that his sources on this are security firms.
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    bugidugi , November 13, 2012 5:31 AM
    on some of the titles in here i don't even have to guess who wrote them , i just know!.
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    nebun , November 13, 2012 8:43 AM
    November 2013....that's a very long time to wait for a security patch...sad very sad
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    halcyon , November 13, 2012 9:54 AM
    jerm1027Really? When is Tom's going to fire Zak? This is hardly journalism especially considering the fact that his sources on this are security firms.
    By getting you to click and read the article Zak is performing his job wonderfully...why would THG fire him for that? Furthermore, the article, like most of those he writes, is indeed informative..at least at some level. Some folks that are new to Android might not know the degree to which Android malware exists and you can never be to knowledgeable. All you folks seem to be waiting for him to write an article about how much Apple sucks...and anything else is not good enough.

    Sheesh.
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    house70 , November 13, 2012 10:18 AM
    Sideloading is NOT enabled by default, but the OS gives power users the option to do so, if they desire. Now, if these users actually knew what they were doing....
    JB is the latest version of Android, not ICS. This alone shoots down the article, because it shows the ignorance of the "expert" on the topic he/she is writing about. 'Nuff said. Same goes for the couple of Apple trolls above, your ignorance is glowing and only proves the point about iOS users being tech-illiterate.
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    marcolorenzo , November 13, 2012 10:26 AM
    nebunNovember 2013....that's a very long time to wait for a security patch...sad very sad


    umm, that's November 13TH not 2013. idiot.

    BTW Zak, I didn't know that Android 4.2 will be called Jelly Bean! How you are in this business, we'll never know.
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    jojesa , November 13, 2012 11:00 AM
    marcolorenzoumm, that's November 13TH not 2013. idiot.BTW Zak, I didn't know that Android 4.2 will be called Jelly Bean! How you are in this business, we'll never know.

    Don't be so harsh on Zak...he just copied and pasted the news here so we don't have to browse around the World Wide Web.
    Note:Android 4.2 it is still called Jelly Bean.
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    wildkitten , November 13, 2012 11:43 AM
    house70Sideloading is NOT enabled by default, but the OS gives power users the option to do so, if they desire. Now, if these users actually knew what they were doing.... JB is the latest version of Android, not ICS. This alone shoots down the article, because it shows the ignorance of the "expert" on the topic he/she is writing about. 'Nuff said. Same goes for the couple of Apple trolls above, your ignorance is glowing and only proves the point about iOS users being tech-illiterate.

    You do realize the portion of the article that calls ICS the latest is a quote from Securelist and not from Zak Islam right? Also, if you read the Securelist article, you will see that they are talking about September, a month where hardly any phones had JB, so ICS would have been the latest version of the OS that was truly available to people. I myself just got my ICS update for my phone about 2 weeks ago.


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    house70 , November 13, 2012 1:47 PM
    wildkittenYou do realize the portion of the article that calls ICS the latest is a quote from Securelist and not from Zak Islam right? Also, if you read the Securelist article, you will see that they are talking about September, a month where hardly any phones had JB, so ICS would have been the latest version of the OS that was truly available to people. I myself just got my ICS update for my phone about 2 weeks ago.

    You do realize that the "expert" I was referring to was this

    " the latest version of Android OS, which is installed on 23.7% of all devices," said Securelist."

    right? When I refer to Zak I always call it.
    Also, the quote does not mention the availability of JB, just the fact that ICS is the latest version of the OS, along with the "fact" that JB is 4.2 (when in fact it is 4.1 and continues with 4.2). That last mistake, BTW, was Zak's, not Securelist's.

    People need to get their facts straight, at least when they post articles on websites for everyone to read. Otherwise they just make fools out of themselves (in this case, mission accomplished for Zak AND Securelist).
    Last but not least, my comment was directed at the ignorance of some Apple trolls that were making irrelevant points about the security of Android OS, along with the ignorant users that start installing apps by sideloading without even being aware of the risks of doing so. The reason for that little chip on your shoulder eludes me in the context of my original comment.
    If you don't like inaccuracies, take it up with the ones that commit them, not with the one that reports them.
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    ottozro_x , November 13, 2012 6:17 PM
    ...eMacs...
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