Intel McAfee Reports Malware Threats to Android on the Rise

November 21, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The threat on Android keeps increasing as each day goes. This revelation has been made by McAfee, who released their third quarter security report.

According to the Intel-owned company, the malware targeted towards Android phones is on the rise. The report shows a jump in nearly 37 percent in the amount of malware targeted at Android devices since last quarter, and presents 2011 as the busiest in mobile and general malware history.

During the third quarter, almost all new malware were aiming for Android, and this in itself is after a 76 percent rise in Android malware in the second quarter of 2011.

McAfee folks attribute this increase to the popularity of Android devices and their security flaws, which encourage malware attacks. The most popular malware was the SMS-sending Trojans that gather personal information and steal money.

Another method that involved looting of information is by recording conversations and sending them to the attacker. Other types of attacks like the Fake Anti-Virus (AV), AutoRun and password stealing Trojans have been recorded to be on an increase when compared to previous quarters.

Most often, users become a victim through web threats. But there have been a slight drop in the number of bad sites, from an average of 7,300 new bad sites in Q2 to 6,500 new bad sites in Q3.

It is almost certain that we can never quite eradicate malware completely, as more and more new threats surface each day. But to keep countering it is what we can do.

This year is coming to a close with an increased malware threat. Let’s see what the New Year has to give us in web security.

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