Mobile malware: Android is a bad apple

“McAfee, the virus scanning software that anyone who bought a Windows PC in the last however many years is likely familiar with, has released an alarming report on malware for mobile devices, and it doesn’t look so good for Google, but does for Apple,” Mark Knapp writes for Wall St. Cheat Sheet.

“McAfee’s report details a number of different backdoors, exploits, and spyware that allow attackers to access personal files on smartphones,” Knapp writes. “From there, the attackers have a wide range of actions they can take, from harvesting sensitive data to controlling the device entirely. This is not the kind of thing a user wants to happen, especially as devices are quite expensive and the data stored on them is increasing every year — even banking data is growing on smart devices, which would be dangerous in the wrong hands.”

Knapp writes, “This all is especially bad news for Google because the vast majority of the malware that McAfee found was on the Android operating system. Android was followed by Nokia’s Symbian, other mobile operating systems, and then Java ME. According to McAfee, Android made up ’97 percent of total mobile malware.’ This is a perfect case of ‘what’s bad for Google is good for Apple,’ because the McAfees results don’t even mention the word ‘Apple’ once, and there are no allusions to worms.”

Read more in the full article here.

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  1. Smart consumers (once bitten) buy quality.

    The cost of buying in for $100 or $200 less has a much worse price to pay the first time a ‘problem’ erupts.

      1. If Bush was president when these public bombings occurred on U.S. soil, Rachel Maddow would give virgin birth to an ice cream cake in a fit of ecstasy.

        The rest of the brain-dead Libs/Dems/Progs would be reflexively blaming Bush or Sarah Palin within a nanosecond.

        You filthy Libs/Dems/Progs reap what you sow.

        1. TruthTeller…

          Are you a idiot!!

          BUSH WAS PRESIDENT, September 1 2001. — 9/11

          9/11 for you, what the hell is your problem, BUSH WAS THE PRESIDENT, and he sat and read a book to school children while our country was under attack.

        2. Anonymous twats like you, “TruthTeller,” like to pose as patriotic and concerned Americans. Then you show your true colors by posting despicable and utter crap like this? You sicken me to the core.

          At least three innocent bystanders died today, one of them an 8 year old child. And you have the gall to play bullshit partisan politics? Who is the filthy asshole in this situation? Yeah, it’s you.

    1. What we need are stricter laws on legal gun ownership and even higher taxes on the rapidly dwindling number of productive, job creating citizens left in the U.S.A.

          1. I’m sick of cretins like you always being politics into every damn article.

            I bet people avoid you like the plague at any social gathering you attend.

            That’s what I mean by calling you a dickhead, you dickhead.

        1. You are the dickhead.

          He is right on. The ultimate result, not entirely brought about by Obama but significantly advanced by Obama, will be that a smaller and smaller number of productive and therefore significantly taxed Americans are going to be supporting the entire country.

          1. No David, he is the dickhead because once again he/she turns up and starts spouting politics on a technology site.

            Absolutely pathetic and pointless. Just like politics.

      1. Fwhatever usually posts as a registered user. That is, perhaps, his only redeeming quality. With Republicans like the ones on this forum, the opposing parties don’t have to worry too much. People like Fwhatever are great at alienating others with their “message.”

    2. This is what you get when you elect an incompetent, inexperienced, socialist agitator whose main focuses are playing golf and padding his bank account.

      The Obama Mistake, indeed.

    3. You’re a fscking idiot and a pathetic human being for trying to further you political agenda in a completely unrelated article all while lacking any sensitivity to those injured in Boston… You should be ashamed as well as those agreeing with you

      1. As if the Libs/Dems/Progs wouldn’t jump at the chance to blame a Republican president, just like they jumped at the chance to blame Sarah Palin for the Gabby Giffords shooting.

        You Libs/Dems/Progs reap what you’ve sown.

    4. Dear “The Obama Mistake” anonymous coward: This has to be one of the stupidest, most DESPERATE, exploitative, insensitive POS propaganda attempts I have EVER read. I am willing to bet you have pigs living in a burned out KIA in your front yard. 😯

      Please attempt to get some basic level of education and comprehension regarding logical and rational communication. You are shameful and a detriment to my species, human trash, and so forth. Sheesh. 😛

      1. Clearly, we need greatly expanded gun pressure cooker control laws in order for us to all be “safe.”

        Nanny Obama will save us all, we just need to cede all of our hard fought liberties for which our American patriots gave their lives back in the late 1700s and for which our American patriots gave their lives to protect since then.

        The world is a dangerous place. Government can’t protect you. Goverment can’t guarantee your health, regardless of how much they destroy the country and the economy to provide shit-grade “healthcare.”

        The government is not your mommy. Guns don’t kill people. Pressure cookers don’t kill people. People kill people.

        Smaller government, stronger military, and call terrorism “terrorism” when it’s obviosuly fscking terrorism. End the insidious cancer of political correctness. Protect the U.S. Constitution. Speak the truth. Stop devaluing life by murdering tens of millions of the unborn for convenience. These are the things that will save the USA and the world. Everything Obama and his ilk support and espouse leads to death in spirit and in reality.

  2. “Android is a bad apple…”

    please rephrase the title – it places a sense that Droid was allowed to be a clone of Apple… and as the eye scans quickly over the message – one reads BAD APPLE. Not good.

    better would be…

    ‘Droid is bad copy of iOS’
    ‘Droid is rotten to the core’
    ‘Droid is a terrible seed’

    1. That’s a really unfair statement.

      There’s really no comparison between shit and Android.

      After all, shit is good – even essential – for many things.

  3. This is why I get a monthly note from my bank in Bangkok, Thailand reminding me not to use an Android for my online banking. Part of the message:

    “Dear Bualuang iBanking member

    Please be aware of forged or false messages that may be sent to you via SMS or email claiming to be from the Bank in an attempt to extract your personal banking information…

    For your own safety in making transactions on devices, namely, mobile phone, smartphone, tablet or PC, we strongly recommend that you:
    Do not make financial transactions using any device with jail-broken (iOS) or rooted (Android) operating systems”

    1. …Which may go a long way explaining exactly why the Chinese government attempted to go ape-shite on Apple this past month. Darn, no Big Mao surveillance of their citizens via iPhones (except of course identification via location tower triangulation, which is already occurring in the USA).

  4. Android made up ’97 percent of total mobile malware.’

    Considering the time period during which this has occurred: The growth rate of malware for Android is EXPONENTIAL. That’s a VERY bad thing.

    And no, Google is NOT effectively controlling Android malware penetration via their Google Store. Not working!

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