Mobile Malware Grew 163% in 2012
Posted: April 18, 2013 by Alex Chan
According to the latest reports on malware threats around the world, smart phones are becoming the newest target of malicious software attacks. Just like PCs were in the 90s, the smartphones are the newest gadgets that people just can't part from. Smartphones today have outgrown their basic use of "Hellos and Goodbyes". From checking profiles on social pages, to paying bills – smartphones have become the newest "go-to" tool.
Statistics have shown that since 2011, the number of malware attacks on smartphones has nearly tripled. In 2012, nearly 33 million Android mobile devices were attacked by malware threats. This is a relatively proportional percentage because the sales of smartphones went sky high. Approximately 300 million Android smartphones were sold worldwide and sales are expected to double for 2013. This will lead to millions of people open to new potential threats. Most of the malicious software threats are generally pointed to Android devices, nearly 95 % of all malware detected overall. Reports have shown that Blackberry, Apple, and Windows phones have been more difficult to infect.
Even though most of the smartphone users are located in the USA, this country is not on the top of the list of countries affected by malicious software attacks. As the market for smartphones keeps expanding globally, the top three countries infected with malware are China, India and Russia.
The malicious software usually comes in a form of an application, URL, or SMS scam. Majority of malware aims to attack the computer that connects to the smartphone through a USB port. Reports say that through malware threats like banking Trojans, hackers got their hands on $47 million dollars in 2012.
However, nothing is lost yet! Just like PCs, you can protect your smartphones from malware easily. Download applications that are original. Don't follow links that look strange, and don't open strange unknown messages. Anti-virus software for your mobile device.