Report: Android Has Become the Ultimate Malware Platform

It is very apparent that mobile devices let hackers bridge the gap from infection to monetization more effectively than on any other device type. Sure, every frequent web user has seen rather silly threats that the PC has been infected by some ominous malware and that only a $29 or $49 payment for a certain software will get rid of the malware. However, compared to mobile threats, this is a rather complex approach and has way too many variables that can affect the outcome.

According to AVG's Q2 Threat report, Android is quickly becoming a popular target for hackers. Their malware, often attached to popular and seemingly non-suspicious applications in slightly altered packages, attack Android's Linux kernel and replace code that enables the hacker to gain full control over a phone. Called DKFBootkits, the goal may not only be to extract private information, but to incur some small charges, for example via SMS, the owner is unlikely to investigate.

AVG notes that "quick-fingered" people may be lured into accepting notifications they may not even understand. "Mobile connected devices are sitting ducks when it comes to this type of crime as they are already linked to a payment method that requires no additional approval or authentication," AVG said. Android is apparently prime target for rooting a mobile device. AVG did not reveal exact numbers of Android's share in the attacks. 

 

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  • house70
    Typical PEBKAC... or should I say PEBPAC.
    Quit installing pr0n apps and you should be fine.
    If you don't know what a permission is, don't allow it.
    If you don't know what to do with your rooted phone, don't root it. By default Android has all the checkpoints in place (no debugging, no unknown sources, etc), but it allows one to remove them IF they think they know what they're doing.
    Anyone can write apps for Android, just like in desktop world, it's the user responsibility to KNOW what they're downloading and installing on their system.
    If you're not capable to use common sense and a gram of brain power while using your phone, just go back to the walled garden of iOS, let Apple do the thinking for you and don't install anything that doesn't come straight from them. Oh, and don't think of jailbreaking that, either, or you'll end up in the same spot. Of course, you could have achieved the same leaving that Android phone alone instead of screwing with features you don't understand, but again, you can't use common sense....
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  • antilycus
    $ 35/month unlimited data, voice, text for android (boost mobile, contractless phone using sprint's network)

    $100ish a month for limited data, unlimited voice and text for Apple

    $65 /month saved x 12 months (1 year) = $780 more in my pocket a year than iPhone users....

    I deal with the malware if I ever actually get any.
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  • mihaimm
    I know I paid about 12$ for SMS I haven't sent... After I re-rooted the device, the problem stopped. So... I'm guessing this is true... sad.
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  • mihaimm
    I know I paid about 12$ for SMS I haven't sent... After I re-rooted the device, the problem stopped. So... I'm guessing this is true... sad.
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  • Anonymous
    Nice Headline, becoming a target = Ultimate target? LMOA! REALLY?!?!?! I noticed that they referenced Mobil Devices 99% of the time and mentioned Adroid 1 time. Let me guess, you typed this on a Mac Book Pro.....
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  • aracheb
    uncle_bobNice Headline, becoming a target = Ultimate target? LMOA! REALLY?!?!?! I noticed that they referenced Mobil Devices 99% of the time and mentioned Adroid 1 time. Let me guess, you typed this on a Mac Book Pro.....

    is gruener, so everything that is bad and is android is the ultimate malicious evil.
    if is bad and is apple, is just a necessary evil.

    This guy should get fired for giving one side history all the time..
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