Report: Android malware up 3,325% in 2011

Report: Android malware up 3,325% in 2011

Summary: Android malware samples had increased from 400 to 13,302 in six months.

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Popularity comes at a price.

During 2011 there was an 'unprecedented growth' of mobile malware attacks, with Android up a stratospheric 3.325 percent, according to a report by the Juniper Networks Mobile Threat Center.

The report makes depressing reading. Across all platforms, mobile malware attacks are up 155 percent, with mobile malware samples increasing from 11,138 in 2010 to 28,472 in 2011. BlackBerry malware grew by 8 percent, and Java ME saw a 49 percent increase. But the platform hit hardest was Android, with malware increasing by an incredible 3,325 percent in a year. During the last six months of 2011, Android malware samples had increased from 400 to 13,302.

Spyware was the most popular Android malware, accounting for 63 percent, while 36 percent were premium rate SMS Trojans. Another 30 percent could obtain location information without user consent and 14.7 percent had the ability to make calls behind the user's back.

The report also notes that malware is becoming more sophisticated, with malware like Droid KungFu using encrypted payloads to avoid detection and Droid Dream disguising itself as a legitimate app.

Security guru Bruce Schneier isn't surprised. 'I don't think this is surprising at all,' wrote Schneier in a blog post. 'Mobile is the new platform. Mobile is a very intimate platform. It's where the attackers are going to go.'

Full report here.

Topics: Security, Malware, Mobility

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  • RE: Report: Android malware up 3,325% in 2011

    up from what? negative one?<br><br>Another rubbish post by AKH.
    Return_of_the_jedi
    • RE: Report: Android malware up 3,325% in 2011

      @Return_of_the_jedi
      No, up from 400 just six months earlier. Did you read the post?

      It looks like Infestation is the new fragmentation.
      Englishmole
      • RE: Report: Android malware up 3,325% in 2011

        @Englishmole <br><br> "...up from 400 just six months earlier." <br>The ones they created in their lab?<br><br>Did I read the post? No.<br>why? 3,3235% ?, seriously?<br><br>PS. It doesn't compute. I heard of inflating numbers.
        You can over do it. Case in point
        Return_of_the_jedi
    • Up from 400 6 months earlier.

      @Return_of_the_jedi

      Well explained if you read the blog instead of hoping The Force would impart the information directly.
      Bruizer
      • RE: Report: Android malware up 3,325% in 2011

        @Bruizer <br><br>FYI: Bogus information don't compute directly.
        Return_of_the_jedi
      • And hurt feelings compute even less

        @Return_of_the_jedi
        John Zern
    • RE: Report: Android malware up 3,325% in 2011

      @Return_of_the_jedi I certainly wouldn't paint Adrian with such a broad brush, but I am a tad confused by the lack of numbers in this article. I was similarly befuddled when Androidboys would use the same sort of 'growth by percent' to 'prove' that Android was the iOS killer.
      While I'll grant there's room for concern with Android and malware (quite the broad brush that word as well) I'm also fascinated that iOS wasn't even mentioned. Are there no Trojan Horses on iOS? Don't be confused I'm a died in the wool Apple stockholder and fanboy of the deepest type, but that doesn't mean I'm not rational.
      Adrian, how about some real numbers, as in a count of malware in the wild? How about a comparison between the OSs you mention and iOS as well? Charts that only do percentages don't provide much information.
      dheady@...
    • I agree. Even SJVN says it can't happen

      @Return_of_the_jedi

      And we know how balanced and accurate he is.
      ;)
      John Zern
    • Is it rubbish because it's critical of Android?

      Up from 400. I see others asked if you've read the article so I'll resist asking that but at the same time I have to ask if you actually comprehended what you read because it does not look like you really understand how bad the malware issues with Android have gotten. This rise in malware attacks on Android are more thank likely due to the popularity of the the platform.
      athynz
  • RE: Report: Android malware up 3,325% in 2011

    The android OS itself is a malware...
    owllnet
    • RE: Report: Android malware up 3,325% in 2011

      @owllnet -

      Like others' aren't?

      PWN2OWN...

      Jailbreaking iphones by simply loading iOS' browser and going to a website (and who knows what gets seeded during that process...)

      None of them incorporates a firewall, either - so how are ANY of them anything remotely trustworthy?

      There are many other issues, with iOS, Android, and other platforms... anyone thinking one is really more secure than the other is in dreamland...
      HypnoToad72
      • RE: Report: Android malware up 3,325% in 2011

        @HypnoToad72 - I could not agree more....
        smashandgrab
      • RE: Report: Android malware up 3,325% in 2011

        I'm hypnotized by your toad-like ruminations, hypnotoad72. You may *wish* that they're all the same but they clearly are not. If you're a malware writer, Android is your funnest playground...
        deasys
  • RE: Report: Android malware up 3,325% in 2011

    And they said linux couldn't get malware.
    Loverock Davidson-
    • RE: Report: Android malware up 3,325% in 2011

      @Loverock Davidson- No, they said that UNIX is immune to viruses. Malware is all about software control. Apple has it right, comb through Apps before your users get them...
      Tony Burzio
      • RE: Report: Android malware up 3,325% in 2011

        @Tony Burzio - You both have it wrong. Only the fanbois say it is immune. In fact, any OS that is out there is vulnerable in one way or another. Today's bad programming is tomorrows exploit.
        smashandgrab
      • RE: Report: Android malware up 3,325% in 2011

        Been using desktop Linux four years now. Haven't run into malware yet.<br><br>Where is it, Lovie? ;)
        ScorpioBlack
  • RE: Report: Android malware up 3,325% in 2011

    It sounds like from the article (not much real detail) these are apps users install, it is tough to secure against the user.
    mrlinux
  • RE: Report: Android malware up 3,325% in 2011

    No one ever bothered writing Linux malware. What was the point when it had less than 1% of the market.
    jatbains
    • RE: Report: Android malware up 3,325% in 2011

      @jatbains <br>No one ever bothered writing WP7 malware. What is the point when it has less than 1% of the market

      touche
      Return_of_the_jedi