Android malware numbers explode to 25,000 in June 2012

Android malware numbers explode to 25,000 in June 2012

Summary: So far, the number of Android malware threats found has hit 25,000. In June 2012 alone, the number increased by a whopping 10,000, easily the largest find for a month yet.


In June 2012, the number of Android malware threats increased to a whopping 25,000 samples. More specifically, 5,000 new malicious Android apps were found in Q1 2012 while 15,000 were found so far in Q2 2012. Put another way, in all of Q1 2012, the number jumped by 5,000, while just one month in Q2 2012 was responsible for another 10,000.

The data come from Trend Micro, which originally predicted the number would hit 11,000 by this time of the year. It turns out the company has found closer to 25,000 Android malware samples in the wild, so far.

As such, Trend Micro has adjusted its prediction for the year 2012 to a whopping 129,000 malicious Android apps. Frankly I think this project is off and it won't get that bad. Hopefully we'll see Google crack down on the problem.

The security firm elaborated a bit on the top malware types and released a corresponding infographic:

We listed seven malware types for Android devices this quarter. Almost half of these are premium service abusers that subscribe users to services they did not sign up for. Adware, recently added due to persistent pushing of ads as urgent notifications, came second. Data stealers, malicious downloaders, rooters, click fraudsters, and spying tools follow respectively. These apps put personal and financial information most at risk of theft.
Android malware numbers explode to 25,000 in June 2012

The last statistic mentioned above is that one in five Android devices have a security app installed. This is a number that is arguably going to increase. Trend Micro points out that Android malware has been rising alongside the growing market for Android devices, and it follows that we expect the use of security apps to increase as well.

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Topics: Security, Android, Google, Malware, Mobile OS, Operating Systems

Emil Protalinski

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  • Total Eclipse

    It's time for Microsoft's Munchkins to admit that the development tools for Android are pretty darn good. Here are 10,000 new apps in just one month. Can Visual Studio do this?
    Robert Hahn
    • Pitty...

      It seems you don't make the difference betweeen "development tools" and "developer base".
      • Oh, grow a sense of humor

        Robert Hahn
    • Hack City.

      It's time for Linux backets to admit what they've been told all along. If Linux gets any marketshare, it will get blasted with malware. By the time Android is done, it will make any version of Windows back to win95 look like the security was excellent.
      Waste of time. Wni8 is going to obliterate Android market.
      • SIgh

        While it's true Android is based on the Linux kernel, it does not follow that because Android has some malware that Linux desktops have the same problem. The issue with Android is people are installing malicious apps that they think they can trust. This type of thing almost never happens on a Linux desktop due to the way package management is done (e.g. packages are vetted and digitally signed and then checked against the signature before installation).

        Any user who has root access to an OS can destroy it. This is not news.

        However, installing malicious apps is a far cry from drive-bys and viruses and the like, which are virtually unheard of on any Linux platform.
        • moreover

          As a countermeasure against lack of Linux distros security, Android is offering a SIMPLE way to tell whether an is rogue before is is installed. One can examine the permissions of the said app.

          So, if you install the game that has full access to the internet, phone dialing, text messaging, account information and so on, it is either a poorly written game or more probably a trojan.

          Most users of Android are also Windows user where they have no such luxury. They possess aggravatingly bad Windows habits multiplied by the ignorance Redmond has been cultivating for tens of years.
  • Andy Rubin should tweet the malware activation as well !!!

    Andy Rubin should tweet the malware activations as well... android is full of crap, how can one store sensitive info on a device with zero security?
  • Android = insecure = malware magnet

    Add you can get it right from the official google play store because google doesnt give a crap about what gets put in there. As long as they can track everything you do and see on your phone and everywhere you go and sell that info and shove unsolicited ads in your face they are happy, happy to own/pwn you.
    Johnny Vegas
  • So now...

    So now you have "Teh Securetest OS in Teh World" + Marketshare and you have... Malware!

    I wonder if that is going to change any of the naysayers that have been trying to maintain the myth that marketshare has nothing to do with amount of malware, only the OS security does.

    Let's watch...
    • Android is Android

      The market share argument is made about Linux desktops, not Android. Two different animals. Android is a mobile platform meant to give the user easy access to all kinds of unvetted shiny apps. It's not this way on the Linux desktop. Things are vetted and the machine checks digital signatures of the software before it is installed, thus pretty much eliminating any threat from the attack vector on Android (social engineering).
  • hmmm...

    Another scary malware report from a company that sells Android anti-malware software for $29.99. Let me think about this for a minute...
    • You convinced us...

      Your solid points convinced us there isn't really any Android malware.

    We know that some malware comes from hackers Apparently!
    But the other 99% is made by the same crabs that sell us the shit to fix their crap.
    Were all thinking it I just said it.