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Android Users Twice as Likely to Encounter Malware Compared to Six Months Ago
Posted By Christina DesMarais On August 5, 2011 @ 2:26 pm In Antivirus Software,Computer Security,Data Security,Spyware and Malware,Telecom and Wireless | 4 Comments
If you’ve got an Android device you are 2.5 times more likely to encounter malware on it today compared to six months ago, while mobile users have a 30 percent chance of clicking on a malicious link, writes Elinor Mills for CNET, referring to a report released this week from mobile security firm Lookout at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.
“This number is likely so high because users on mobile devices often encounter threats targeting PCs–people read email, Facebook messages, text messages, and tweets on their phones just as they do on their PCs,” Lookout said in its report.
While the stats released are based on detection rates from Lookout users on Android, CNET’s Mills writes that Lookout presumes the numbers would be about the same for iOS users as well. Lookout, which offers security services for the Android platform, collects data from more than 700,000 Android and iPhone apps and 10 million Android devices around the world.
According to Application Development Trends’ Kathleen Hickey, of the threats Lookout detected in June 2011, 48 percent were malware and 52 percent spyware, with the most common malware attack being repackaging. That’s when a hacker adds malicious code to a legitimate application and then republishes the doctored application to an application market or download site.
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 CNET: http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20087265-245/android-users-twice-as-likely-to-see-malware-than-six-months-ago/
 Application Development Trends: http://adtmag.com/articles/2011/08/04/android-malware-on-the-rise.aspx
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