McAfee Threat Report Highlights Rapid Rise of Android Malware

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Renegade Knight

A 35% growth rate is nothing when you realize how little malware actually exists for the platform.

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DeltaFIVEengineer

Wait.....What?

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jnite

I recently started using Avast again for my computer. I found out that they had an android app so I decided to check it out. Its a nice antivirus that didn't seem to affect the speed of my android devices (not sure how it will effect old android devices though).

My mother told me her tablet was acting kind of funny so I installed it on hers and tried it out and it found a file that was infected with malware. By default the app scans other apps, but you can enable it to scan regular files too.

I take these Threat Reports with a grain of salt, but I have noticed that malware is popping up here and there, so for now I'm using Avast on my android devices as long as it doesn't affect my devices speed and function.

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jgottberg

If this statement were really true - "For malware writers, everything's a numbers a game. So, the more popular a platform becomes, the more attention cybercriminals will pay to finding vulnerabilities they can exploit" I'd expect iPhones to be dripping with malware/viruses... but they aren't.

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wumpus

Microsoft has spent ages pounding into media mouths the idea that "the only security is through obscurity" and that computer viruses shouldn't be called "windows viruses" even though they were the only ones who couldn't be bothered with security. I am wondering if google/android will simply take advantage of this stupidity or be forced to use the real security inherent in Linux (and especially LinuxSE). I suspect that fixing this will interfere with making it easier for developers to gather advertising information (which is the whole reason Google makes Android) and wouldn't be surprised if it never gets fixed (but will be profoundly disappointed).

Who knows, if Google won't fix this, it leaves a hole for the Ubuntu phone.

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John Pombrio

I simply cannot take seriously statistics generated by companies who source of revenues comes directly from such numbers. There has to be SOME organization out there tracking this stuff that is NOT funded by scare-mongering anti-virus companies. Color me skeptical.

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BlazePC

double post

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BlazePC

I completely agree and this skepticism isn't uniquely yours John;
there are many that are looking critically at this sort of game.

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MiGreen

But John if these numbers aren't correct wouldn't max PC supply the correct figures. They know everything about it, they review anti-malware software all the time and tell us which one to buy.

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John Pombrio

Max PC mag is a great source of information but a malware infection rate survey company it is not. Outside companies supply the media with a group of malware programs for testing purposes. Using a product on these programs to see how many hits are registered is what on line sites and magazines do to test programs. Since the lists are not generated on site, there will always be a bias toward one anti malware company or another. The LISTS of malware programs detected have to be generated by outside companies, usually the ones selling the anti-malware software in the 1st place. So the lists, the programs themselves, and the solutions are from the same sources, a great way to fudge the data in their direction.

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MiGreen

exactly
and thanks.