“Looking back at 2011, we could call it subtitle it as ‘The Year Of Android Malware,'” Dan Rowinski reports for ReadWriteWeb.
“Juniper says there has been a 472% rise in Android malware samples since July 2011,” Rowinski reports. “Juniper says that almost all of the Android malware contains code for root access that will force the device to communicate with a command-and-control server and download additional instructions. 55% of Android malware acts as spyware and the rise of ‘SMS Trojans’ has become a significant problem.”
Rowinski reports, “October and November have seen the highest growth rates for Android malware samples since the rise of the platform, according to Juniper. The number of samples grew 28% in September, October had a 110% increase over September and a 171% increase from July 2011… Spyware with root access is the main threat from malicious Android applications. Juniper notes that the vulnerability to root access from malicious apps is prevalent in 90% of Android devices in the consumer market. Outside of spyware, the SMS Trojan makes up 44% of Android malware.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Juniper advises Android phone settlers to install anti-virus software.
We advise getting a real iPhone.
You know, the one you really wanted before you settled for an insecure knockoff of an Apple original from the 21st century’s Microsoft.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Karla S.” for the heads up.]
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