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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • A Bad Day
    One of my friends who had an Android thought that security problems only existed with PCs.

    I pity her.
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  • schnitter
    This is expected of a rapidly growing platform that is 100% open.
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  • The big problem is that their is not enough education with mobile users about the potential for malware to get on these mobile devices. Google and its Android store is more reactive then proactive to malware in apps. I think too that even Apple which touted for years its Mac's were immune are basically doing the same thing to IOS devices.
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  • Netherscourge
    Microsoft is so happy about this - Windows is now in 2nd place in the Malware-Infected Platform race.
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  • syrious1
    NetherscourgeMicrosoft is so happy about this - Windows is now in 2nd place in the Malware-Infected Platform race.
    When did you see a win7/7.5 get infected? I must have missed that.
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  • I'm curious because I'm considering switching to the Android plateform, but is the Market (Play) infested or is it primarily when someone install software form other stores ? Are the applications available in the Market checked (I'm guessing to a certain extent) ? I know that the AppStore also has infested apps, but I already know that 'universe', which is securing to me ! ;)
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  • pjmelect
    When did you see a win7/7.5 get infected? I must have missed that.

    Unfortunately I see this all the time, although Windows 7 is much less likely to get a virus infection than Windows XP Windows 7 still gets infections particularly with naive users.
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