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Android to be Badly Hit by Malware in 2013

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, December 20, 2012
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Bangalore: A recent study by Eset, predicted that the Android operating system will be badly hit by malware in 2013. According to the report, there will be an “exponential growth” in the number of malware in the coming year.

The increasing number of users using android devices for banking purposes as well as the growing smartphone adoption is attracting the cybercriminals. According to the report, there will be a 76 percent increase in the number of users who will use their smartphones for banking purposes. In 2011, there were only 300 million people who used their smartphones for banking purposes, but in 2013, the number will touch 530 million.

Furthermore, the report highlighted that the Android operating system has more than 64 percent of the smartphone market share. In 2011, it was only at 43 percent. According to the report, as the market share of the android operating system rises and as more people store important information such as corporate data or personal data, “cyber criminals will develop more malware to steal information, thus gaining illicit revenue."

Malware targeting the android operating system will not only increase at a substantial rate; however they will “continue to evolve until they are very similar in capability to their peers in the world of more traditional computers.”

In another report released by Lookout Mobile Security recently, 18 million smartphones running on the Android operating system will be affected by different malware by the end of 2013. However, the report further highlights that the prevalence of malware attacks is dependent on the location as well the behavior. The attacks would vary from 0.20 percent in Japan to 34.7 percent in Russia. In the United States, only 0.40 percent of the Android smartphones are expected to encounter some malware and spyware.

Toll fraud emerged as the biggest mobile threat in 2012. However, according to Darek Halliday in a blog post on lookout.com, “Toll fraud will continue to dominate the 2013 mobile threat space, despite forward momentum on the platform to block these types of attacks.”


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