99% of all mobile malware targeted Android devices in 2013: report

Android's malware problem continues to grow stronger and according to a new report by Cisco, nearly 99 percent of all mobile malware targeted Android devices in 2013.


Android's malware problem continues to grow bigger.  According to a new report by Cisco, nearly 99 percent of all mobile malware targeted Android devices in 2013. You can view the report here.

 

The report adds that Android users also have the highest encounter rate (71 percent) with all forms of web-delivered malware. However mobile malware that is specifically targeting certain devices is quite low,  at around 1.2 percent only. This means that the rest of the attacks are aimed at a wider-net of users, with the hope of redirecting them to phishing websites etc to steal personal account details.

 

The report notes that where malware is concerned on Android, there is "evidence to efforts to monetize Android compromises during 2013 with launches of adware and small and medium-size enterprise (SME)-related spyware." Interestingly 98 percent of the Android malware is via SMSSender.

 

The report from Cisco also highlights the most commonly found malware on Android devices - Andr/Qdplugin-A (43.8 percent). The report notes that it is usually introduced into phones in the form of an app but not through the official Google Play Store but via other unofficial marketplaces.

 

The Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report also lists out other detailed findings, such as Web exploits, where 91 percent were targeted at the Java platform, and types of malware (64 percent are Trojans).


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