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  • US Government Highlights that Google's Android Accounts for Majority of Mobile Malware


    A recent report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security highlights the fact that Google’s Android platform accounts for the vast majority of mobile malware. The report warns government agencies that Android phones should have antivirus software installed as a precaution. To be more specific, 44% of Android users were reported to be running an outdated version of the operating system known as “Gingerbread,” which includes a number of security issues.

    The data which is cited by Homeland Security is based on 2012 malware statistics published by F-Secure, which revealed that Android is responsible for 79% of mobile malware. The same report was cited by Phil Schiller, Apple’s head of worldwide marketing, in March, when he took to his Twitter account to advise users to “be safe out there.”

    As of right now, nearly half of the malicious apps found on older versions of Android are “text message Trojans.” Hackers send text messages to premium-rate numbers, a method which results in charges to the user. Other threats highlighted by Homeland Security include rootkits, which log data such as locations, keystrokes and passwords, and fake Google Play domains, which trick users into installing malicious software that can steal sensitive information from the device.

    In an effort to address these issues, the government recommends that agencies require Android-based phones have security suites installed that can combat malware threats. Users are also advised to install “Carrier IQ Test” to detect malicious software and to regularly update their Android antivirus software.

    Although Android accounts for most mobile malware, the second largest platform for malicious software based on F-Secure’s data is Nokia’s outgoing Symbian platform, which is home to 19% of malware threats. Fortunately for Apple users, the iOS platform is a distant third with 0.7%, while Windows Mobile and BlackBerry are home to 0.3% of malware threats.

    Security is one of the iOS platforms longest boasted features that Apple has had an advantage over devices running Google’s Android for quite some time. The Cupertino California company also touts that all iPhone users update to the latest, most secure version of iOS, while many Android users are not able to run newer versions of the platform because of manufacturer and carrier restrictions.

    Does data like this make you iPhone users are bit more relieved?

    Source: F-Secure, U.S. Homeland Security
    This article was originally published in forum thread: US Government Highlights that Google's Android Accounts for Majority of Mobile Malware started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      I'd say that Android is malware full stop
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Where is jOnGarret and his "facts"?
    1. bisayakid07's Avatar
      bisayakid07 -
      Wow! This isn't good ;(
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
      Where is jOnGarret and his "facts"?
      He will be in here give him some time.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      The reason it's full of malware is because android doesn't have the approval needed like apple does right? And then anyone can upload anything
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      The reason it's full of malware is because android doesn't have the approval needed like apple does right? And then anyone can upload anything
      There is also the ability to side load apps. Download from a questionable source and it could be malware.
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Android is just a piece of malware in general.

      Quote Originally Posted by 2k1 View Post
      He will be in here give him some time.
      He's probably hiding in a corner trying to come up with some lame argument.
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      I would really like to know how many people there are that laugh at malware on Android but use Windows. That's the biggest joke.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Haha! Funny that they came out with this report, made me laugh! We all know that Android is a Malware Magnet
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      That is why I like my I Phone
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Kaspersky for Android??
    1. bigbaba's Avatar
      bigbaba -
      where's jOnGarret? According to hiim android having more malware than ios was nothing more than a "fanboy" rant...
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      I'm still waiting for him
    1. bigbaba's Avatar
      bigbaba -
      Quote Originally Posted by Channan View Post
      I would really like to know how many people there are that laugh at malware on Android but use Windows. That's the biggest joke.
      In my mind using Windows/Android is like going to a brothel. You know diseases exist in there so you either use your protection and hope it works; or just abstain.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigbaba View Post
      In my mind using Windows/Android is like going to a brothel. You know diseases exist in there so you either use your protection and hope it works; or just abstain.
      I only use windows to play games and use handbrake to convert movies (handbrake is much faster on windows). Windows is on its own hard drive in my Mac Pro and all the other drives are disabled when running windows. I also delete the AppleHFS drivers so there is no read write access if I do have to enable them for some reason.
    1. gameguy95's Avatar
      gameguy95 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Akshay Masand View Post
      The Cupertino California company also touts that all iPhone users update to the latest, most secure version of iOS, while many Android users are not able to run newer versions of the platform because of manufacturer and carrier restrictions.

      Source: F-Secure, U.S. Homeland Security
      All iPhone users upgrade? Really? Because I'm pretty sure a huge portion of them don't upgrade because they would lose their jailbreak. And what about the iPhone 2g and 3g users that can't update even if they want to because you stopped making updates to their systems? I'm pretty sure they wouldn't exactly agree with you there either apple. At least the android users can usually get unofficial updates from the community eventually. You guys don't even let your customers do that.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by gameguy95 View Post
      All iPhone users upgrade? Really? Because I'm pretty sure a huge portion of them don't upgrade because they would lose their jailbreak. And what about the iPhone 2g and 3g users that can't update even if they want to because you stopped making updates to their systems? I'm pretty sure they wouldn't exactly agree with you there either apple. At least the android users can usually get unofficial updates from the community eventually. You guys don't even let your customers do that.
      I never realized that 4% was a huge portion. And, that's 4% of all iPhones ever. Including the 2G and 3G phones that are sitting in a drawer unused. I don't know anyone still using a 3G iPhone or even an iPhone 4. If you missed your window to update to a newer OS (6.1.2 is jailbroken) then that is your own fault.
    1. bigbaba's Avatar
      bigbaba -
      Quote Originally Posted by gameguy95 View Post
      All iPhone users upgrade? Really? Because I'm pretty sure a huge portion of them don't upgrade because they would lose their jailbreak. And what about the iPhone 2g and 3g users that can't update even if they want to because you stopped making updates to their systems? I'm pretty sure they wouldn't exactly agree with you there either apple. At least the android users can usually get unofficial updates from the community eventually. You guys don't even let your customers do that.
      Would an iPhone from 2007 or 2008 have a battery capacity to run longer than 5 minutes? If so your contract expired at 3 years ago worst case scenario. Go upgrade to a 4S for free!
    1. rocky5's Avatar
      rocky5 -
      Who or what is F-Secure & how many phones were tested? Since I have never heard of them.

      Also its not google fault that carriers are so fecking dum they keep selling old handsets, like Virgin media they sell the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus with Gingerbread & there under the assumption Samsung are actively supporting this device lmao. Straight from the horses mouth they said they have no plans to update that device past gingerbread.

      As currently there is an issue with the keyboard not imputing keystrokes when pressed & its a software issue & were fighting with Virgin to get rid of this fecking phone.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocky5 View Post
      Who or what is F-Secure & how many phones were tested? Since I have never heard of them.
      F-Secure has been around for 25yrs. They are actually a well known computer security company. In contrast McAfee and Kaspersky (companies you may recognize) have only been around for 16yrs.