99% of Latest Mobile Malware Targets Android
Posted: May 26, 2013 by Alex Chan
Android may be the world's most popular operating system for smartphones, but that comes with a price. Studies show Android phones have become the number one target of malware applications.
According to the newest report by the Internet Security Company, Kasperski Lab, 99.9% of the mobile malware detected the first quarter of 2013 was meant for the Android smartphones. Smartphones have been having malware problems for some time now and the report only shows that the problem is getting worse. Based on the report, the number of malware for the first quarter of 2013 skyrocketed. The numbers say that there were more malware attacks in the 3 months of Q1 than the total number of malware attacks recorded for the entire 2012.
Most of the malware consists of trojan viruses that are sent to smartphones in form of an SMS. The SMS trojans are designed to send texts to premium numbers and steal money. The malware then attacks the PCs once connected via USB. These viruses are also the most common ones as they make 63% of all smartphone viruses overall.
USA is the leading country that creates 25% of the world's malware, followed by Russia 19%, and the Netherlands 14%. Based on the report by Kasperski Lab, most of the hackers prefer this type of trojan viruses.