Android is Open to Attacks According to a Survey From NQ Mobile
NQ Mobile, one of the leading mobile service providers, has released a study of all malwares of 2012. The survey found that malware threats in mobile devices had risen over 163% in 2012. Almost 95% of the threats for mobile devices were targeted at Android.
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NQ Mobile believe that such attacks are just the beginning, and we are yet to see more creative attacks on Android. A new type of attack was discovered in February when it was found that a malware uses a device for infecting a target computer via USB connection.
Although this type of attack is limited to only a few kinds of handsets for now, it could really become more sophisticated in the future and can span for a large variety of devices. In times like these, there needs to be a system that can detect and alert the user in case of malicious software getting installed on the device and automatically initiates data disaster recovery. But something like that is not widely available for now.
NQ’s report also indicates that even though Android is a big risk for malware, the iOS is just as susceptible to malware as well. Recently, the iOS came under scrutiny after many free apps were released that gave out more sensitive data. Until there is some software to warn the users about the potential threats, the users themselves should pay attention to what content they install on their cellphones. Since the majority of the Android apps downloaders are mostly between the age of 13-22, there needs to be a proper security mechanism set into place.
The amount of Android users has increased greatly over the past 12 months and it is now obvious that malwares will pose a bigger threat in the months to come. Another alarming discovery from the report was that over 38 million android devices were infected in 2012, up more than 200 percent from 2011.Continued on the next page