Mobile malware rises more than 25 times in China

Mobile malware rises more than 25 times in China

Summary: Country's Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team finds the number of malware increased to more than 162,981 in 2012, with 82.5 percent targeting smartphones on Android operating system.

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162,981 malware samples circulating on mobile Internet devices have been detected in 2012.

The number of malicious mobile software programs in China rose to more than 160,000 last year, 25 times more than the figure in 2011. 

According to data released by the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center of China (CNCERT/CC) on Thursday, a total of 162,981 malware samples circulating on mobile Internet devices were detected in 2012, China Daily reported.

82.5 percent of the malware targeting phones also use the Android operating system, the center said.

Many mobile malware spread through smartphone application stores, forums and sites offering other downloadable content, Zhou Yonglin, a department head at CNCERT/CC noted in the report.

In November last year, it was reported the number of mobile phone users in China had also risen to hit 1.095 billion at the end of October, helped by consumer purchasing 3G handsets.

The center also found that in 2012, 16,388 websites had been tampered with in China, up 6.1 percent year on year. A total of 52,324 Web sites were found to be harboring malicious software last year, among which 3,016 were government websites.

 

 

Topics: Malware, Android, Mobility, Security, China

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  • No surprise

    It won't be a surprise even if it rises by a million times, because they all run totally insecure and poorly designed Google OS.

    Switch to Windows Phone and be safe.
    OwlllllllNet
    • Desperate, much?

      Seeing as you have now resorted to flat out lying: "Switch to Windows Phone and be safe".

      Unless you missed off the /s of course.
      Little Old Man
      • I am laughing...

        There are not a single reported malware or virus in Windows Phone, while Android has millions and millions. I don't have to explain to you who is desperate here....
        OwlllllllNet
        • We are all laughing at you

          Owlnet with 8 different usernames.
          You are Desperate, LOL
          daikon
          • Bahahahaha

            All the usernames are Owl*Net and you know its the same person...Some Zdnet editors are paranoid because I write the facts and their pay masters doesn't like it....
            Now your 'username' topic is getting too boring, don't you have anything else to write other than kudos?
            OwlllllllNet
          • Kudos Android

            900M Android activations to date

            “Google is very fortunate to have two large open platforms … two fast-growing platforms,” Pichai said, referring to both Android and Chrome, the world’s most popular browser.”

            venturebeat.com/2013/05/15/900m-android-activations-to-date-google-says/
            daikon
          • Pichai is a fool

            Chrome OS is in the market for 4 years and couldn't even reach the million mark yet...

            Chrome browser has only 15% market share, mostly because latest IE doesn't run on them...

            Google platform is assebmled using stolen and copied technology.... what a shame....
            OwlllllllNet
          • You can do better....

            Making up what is not written in an article "Chrome OS". How Owlnet of you, You can do better, LOL.... :)

            Funny how stats work.

            May 2013; IE 12.6%, Firfox 27.7%, Chrome 52.9%.

            www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp
            daikon
          • Pretty much explains that you are a fool...

            That stats you posted is from one website not the worldwide percentage.
            OwlllllllNet
          • Not professional

            Just shows that Owlnet is not professional at all.
            RickLively
          • Speaking of proffesional

            I guess you are not one, seeing as you have time to be in zdNet for every single article about google to be published.

            No job?
            Boothy_p
        • wow

          Now u sounds like an Apple fanboy

          I remembered Apple user always said there are no malware on osx whereas there are gazillion of viruses on windows

          Pot telling kettle it's black ;-)
          ThinkFairer8
    • Next tuesday

      http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms13-jul

      OOps
      Alan Smithie
  • "82.5 percent of the malware targeting phones...

    ... use the Android operating system"
    So why does the photo accompanying the article show an iPhone?
    Userama
  • my opinions

    I have android and have no problem. As long as you install legit apps from google play and not third party installer app stores then you will be fine. Also installing a antivirus or malware scanner would hurt anyone especially lookout avast and bit defender all are great apps for android phones. Also it appeals to older android phone os, so if you update every two yrs you will have no problems. The only problem though is everyone just wants a phone for 4-5 yrs im talking the not so tech savy people. I have had them all bb, windows phone, ios and currently android. I might switch back to ios next year due to security reasons but might buy a unlocked windows phone too. I haven't decided yet, so overall if you know what you doing then you should have no problems just follow my options and you'll be fine. I also use linux you just have to know which vendors are good by reviews and support like preferably ubuntu debian fedora and linux mint as they are great and get constant updates and they are trustworthy enough, so dont download linux software that was personally made instead of a vendor based.
    ITGuy000
  • Malware and virus are inevitable

    People must learn how to live with it.
    Android is not going anywhere, even more in China where Apple is a distant second and Windows actually losing share.
    AleMartin
  • our opinions

    I haven't decided yet, so overall if you know what you doing then you should have no problems just follow my options and you'll be fine. I also use linux you just have to know which vendors are good by reviews and support like preferably ubuntu debian fedora and linux mint as they are great and get constant updates and they are trustworthy enough@ http://onaprsc.com.vn
    onapthanh
  • Android to blame

    I don't think it's any coincidence that Android happens to be the top mobile OS in China where malware is exploding. It's getting out of hand, with the exception of Android ad network Airpush stepping up the fight against malware, I'm not seeing Google or anyone (other than vendors selling security software) talking about this problem very much... it's gonna hurt Android really bad if more isn't done to curb this... http://www.airpush.com/how-airpush-is-leading-the-fight-against-mobile-malware/
    Wes Hershman