In 2013, the number of malware for Android has reached its peak

Posted: February 11, 2014 in IT Security News
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Kaspersky LabAccording to Kaspersky Lab’s analysis report, in 2013, the number of malware for Android has reached its absolute peak.

In late January 2014 in the Google Play experts found 200 thousand unique samples of malicious software for mobile platforms.

For the Android platform, there are over 10 million malicious applications, noted Kaspersky Lab experts, in its latest report. According to them, the end of January 2014 in Google Play and other resources they have found 200 thousand unique samples of malware for mobile platforms, which was masked as normal applications. It is worth noting that in November last year, the figure was less than 34% – 148 thousand samples.

“If 2011 was the year when mobile malware gained traction, especially in Android-land, and 2012 was the year of mobile malware diversification, then 2013 saw mobile malware come of age,” – said in the report.

According to the document, the most common virus for the mobile OS last year became Obad, which was distributed in various ways, including through a botnet. Smartphones infected with Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.Opfake.a, used as a ‘zombie’ to send text messages with malicious links to all subscribers of the contact lists of their respective owners.

According to Kaspersky Lab experts, most viruses for Android has been created Russian developers. Basically, the malicious programs aimed to stealing banking information of the victim. A striking example is the Trojan ‘Carberp’, that intercepts the victim on the way to the bank server.

Kaspersky Lab’s analysis report

More information about the Kaspersky Lab report can be found here.

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