According to F-Secure’s Q1 2014 Mobile Threat Report, 99% of the new mobile malware threats that emerged in Q1 2014 targeted the Android operating system. Android accounted for 275 out of 277 new families F-Secure saw in this period, leaving one (1) new malware each for Symbian and iOS. In the case of iOS, Trojan:iPhoneOS/AdThief.A, only works on jailbroken iPhones. iPhone that have not been jailbroken are not affected, so, in effect, iOS really has zero (0) cases of new malware. As for Symbian… Aw, who cares? Nobody uses Symbian anymore. If you’re curious, see the second graphic below.

In Q1, F-Secure’s Mobile Security product users mostly reported encountering trojans that did some form of silent SMS-sending (mainly from the Fakeinst and SMSSend families).

This was an active quarter for mobile malware development, with a number of “firsts” reported for Android. There was Trojan:Android/Torsm.A, the first one to use Tor to hide its communications with its command and control server. The first Android bootkit, Trojan:Android/Oldboot.A, was reported, as well as a trojan that tries to turn the Android phone into a silent cryptocurrency miner (Trojan:Android/CoinMiner.A).

Then there is the Dendroid toolkit, which promises to make creating Android trojans as simple as clicking a few buttons – and apparently comes with a lifetime warranty, too. Much like virus construction kits and exploit kits did before for PC-based threats, Dendroid will make Android malware creation much more accessible to anyone without the technical skills to do it themselves.

And this is all just in the first three months of 2014.

Moral of the story: Don’t settle for half-assed fakes, get a real iPhone.

F-Secure Android Malware

F-Secure

More info via F-Secure (pdf) here.

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