Report: Android malware jumps 76 percent in Q2

News Sean Fallon 11:27, Aug 25 2011

McAfee reports that Android is the most attacked mobile operating system

The security firm McAfee reports that Android-targeted malware applications have increased 76 percent in Q2 of 2011. 

That makes Android the most attacked mobile operating system by a large margin, followed by Java, Symbian and BlackBerry. 

From the press release:

“This year we’ve seen record-breaking numbers of malware, especially on mobile devices, where the uptick is in direct correlation to popularity,” said Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs. “Overall attacks are becoming more stealth and more sophisticated, suggesting that we could see attacks that remain unnoticed for longer periods of time. High-profile hacktivist groups have also changed the landscape by drawing a line between attacks for personal gain and attacks meant to send a message.”

BGR points out that the most prevalent malware applications are as follows:

  • Android/Jmsonez.A -  a calendar app that sends SMS texts to a premium rate number.
  • Android/Smsmecap.A – a fake comedy app that sends SMS texts to everyone in the user’s address book.
  • Android/DroidKungFu – malware that is capable of installing its own software and updates.
  • Android/DrdDreamLite – capable of sending data back to the attacker.
With smartphones becoming such an important part of our daily lives, the disasterous impact these malware applications can have is unsettling.



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