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3-Figure Percentage Growth in Android Malware

Kaspersky Lab UK : 05 March, 2012  (Technical Article)
Kaspersky Labs discovers that the Android platform is the most popular malware delivery vehicle with a 200% growth in malware in the past year
3-Figure Percentage Growth in Android Malware
The level of malware on Android platforms is growing at an alarming rate according to research from Kaspersky Lab. In December 2011 the internet security specialists detected 82,000 variations in Android malware, compared to a huge 360,000 in the first two weeks of 2012.

Android malware can present itself in many forms. Some strands use a backdoor approach to hack into a phone or tablet and gain unauthorised access to a device – including personal information, like bank details or photos. Other approaches include draining a device’s account by sending large volumes of text messages to premium rate numbers – leaving the owner with a huge bill and the hacker with a full wallet. Some strains can even install tools which download and launch malicious programs onto the device.

The rapid surge in attacks on Android devices has prompted the launch of Kaspersky Tablet Security, a program designed to not only protect Android tablets from hackers and malware, but also remotely wipe the device if lost or stolen. As well as protecting against malware and viruses, the software also keeps users away from harmful websites – especially those out to steal social networking or online banking account details.

In October 2011 Kaspersky Lab’s mobile security solution successfully identified and blocked all ten malicious programs in comparative testing by AV-Test.org.
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