The number of mobile malware for Android in the first half of 2013 increased of 180 percent

Posted: August 20, 2013 in IT Security News
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G DataMobile viruses are rapidly evolving, and in the first half of 2013, their number an increase of 180 percent 180%.

According to experts of the German anti-virus company G Data, for the first 6 months of this year, it was discovered more than 519 thousand new malicious programs for the Android, while in the second half of 2012, the figure was about 185,000. Daily products G Data detected 2,868 new malware aimed at users of the platform. It is noteworthy that in the first half of last year it was discovered a little more than 29.5 million new threats.

To date, Android is the absolute leader among mobile platforms on the number of targeted malware on it. This is not only the prevalence of gadgets running on the Linux operating system, but also the availability of emerging lately special tools (malware kit), with which the creation of malware under the force of even the most experienced users. Moreover, the virus writers are more often disguise malicious code in applications, which makes the analysis of such software. As a result, an infected attachment remains active for a long time on the device and can be used by hackers in their own selfish purposes.

Diagram mobile percentages H1 2013

Diagram mobile percentages H1 2013

The majority (46%) of new mobile malware for Android Trojans are aimed among other things at stealing banking information or sending paid SMS messages to premium numbers. One of the outstanding examples of this type of malware has become the Trojan FakeSite.A, also known as Perkele [ii]. It is characterized by the fact that virus writers can use it with any other malicious code that acts like a normal bank Trojan. Thus, cybercriminals are using cross-platform malware, for example, to intercept SMS messages containing the authorization codes that banks send their customers to online services.

“Today, to be a virus writer, unfortunately, do not need to have special technical skills. Availability of special tools on the Internet only contributes to the spread of dangerous technologies that help cyber criminals to make illegal means, as exemplified by the Trojan Perkele. Analyzing the current trend, it is safe to say that the situation will continue to evolve, and in the second half of the year the number of new Android malware can increase three “- said an  antivirus expert of G Data.


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