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NewsPoster Jun 26, 2013 07:33 PM
More research points to explosion of Android mobile malware
Confirming <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/288551==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/05/15/drives.developers.to.freemium.model.hurts.platform/" rel='nofollow'>an earlier study</a> by a different firm, a new report has found that 92 percent of mobile attacks are aimed at Android, with the number of attacks generated per year on a steady increase. The Juniper Networks study calls the 614 percent increase in attacks since March 2012 "staggering," with three out of five coming out of China or Russia.<br />
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Trends noted in the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/288549==http://www.juniper.net/us/en/local/pdf/additional-resources/3rd-jnpr-mobile-threats-report-exec-summary.pdf" rel='nofollow'>study</a> (PDF) are the prevalence and ease of attack on the Android OS, with attackers having "made strides to shorten the supply chain and find more agile methods to distribute their wares into the wild around the globe" according to the report. Almost three quarters of the attacks are SMS trojans, using mobile payment exploits to generate funds quickly from the attacked which show up as many as four weeks later on the owners' cell phone bill. <br />
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Also noted as aiding in the Android attacks is the Android OS's fragmentation, with the "vast majority" of devices ineligible to receive the latest in security patches by Google. The study found that many free apps were leaking corporate data, including location tracking, to developers as well.<br />
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The report is based on analysis of more than 1.85 million mobile applications and associated vulnerabilities, an increase of more than 133 percent. The total amount of malware sampled grew to 276,259 apps. Of growing concern are third-party alternatives to official marketplaces, allowing "side loading" of applications on Android that may not have been reviewed by Google or any other gatekeepers. While unofficial stores exist for "unauthorized" apps on iOS, they are far fewer in number and better policed by the community, at least so far.<br />
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The study parallels one from May by <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/288550==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/05/15/drives.developers.to.freemium.model.hurts.platform/" rel='nofollow'>F-secure</a> that found that 92 percent of mobile malware was on Android, with the rest going to the outdated Symbian. Issues cited were primarily the same, with the endemic approaching the relative level of compromised Windows systems.<br />
 
Sebastien Jun 27, 2013 12:44 PM
Written by Apple's marketing departments this time, I'm sure.
 
Flying Meat Jun 27, 2013 12:51 PM
Are you referring to this article, or "The Juniper Networks study calls the 614 percent increase in attacks since March 2012 'staggering,'..."
 
Spheric Harlot Jun 27, 2013 01:33 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Sebastien (Post 4236650)
Written by Apple's marketing departments this time, I'm sure.
The painfully obvious does not require rewriting by marketing departments.
 
Sebastien Jun 27, 2013 11:57 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot (Post 4236656)
The painfully obvious does not require rewriting by marketing departments.
Especially when biased fanboy-filled sites do it for you for free.
 
Mike Wuerthele Jun 28, 2013 01:31 AM
Sebastien, did you even read the source report?
 
Spheric Harlot Jun 28, 2013 02:15 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by Sebastien (Post 4236735)
Especially when biased fanboy-filled sites do it for you for free.
Reality has a pro-Apple bias.

I really hope you're getting paid for your shilling.
 
Sebastien Jun 28, 2013 12:27 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot (Post 4236744)
I really hope you're getting paid for your shilling.
It's clear you are.
 
Spheric Harlot Jun 28, 2013 08:54 PM
:lol:
 
Sebastien Jun 29, 2013 10:27 AM
Yeah, nice comeback.
 
Spheric Harlot Jun 29, 2013 11:11 AM
You actually felt entitled to one?

:lol:
 
Sebastien Jun 29, 2013 11:47 AM
Once again, nice comeback.
 
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