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Android infections tripled in 2012, "Bill Shocker" costliest mobile malware ever

By Rick ¬∑ 16 replies
Apr 15, 2013
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  1. Android has become an increasingly popular target for malware authors, a recent report (pdf) by NQ Mobile indicates. The security firm claims that it discovered over 65,000 types of malware -- more than double the amount from 2011 -- and bills...

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  2. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,763   +435

    Hmm have to do some looking into these attack vectors...
  3. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,910   +592

    This just goes to show that no desktop or mobile OS is safe. Thankfully most (or all) of these infections/exploits/scams can be thwarted with common sense.
    Darth Shiv likes this.
  4. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,549   +235

    mmmmm'reallly you dont say now
  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +629

    These are pretty bad numbers, but on the whole I think that a few factors have made this increase so high:
    - The age at which people obtain smartphones is dropping - naivety and n00bness with technology.
    - Apple jailbreaking is becoming more mainstream.
    - Android equivalent for n00bs is very easy - enable 3rd party apps, pirate the apps.
    - Piracy is more mainstream.
  6. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,763   +435

    All seem to require user initiated app installation from untrusted sources.

    Fortunately it seems that way so far...
  7. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    A very small percentage of android and even iphone users
    jailbreak or root their phones. Your assumption that the android equivalent of a jailbroken iphone(which is "rooted" btw) is associated with noobness lets us know that you are far off on the knowledge that you think you know about these devices. You show me 10 things you can do with a jailbroken Iphone. I'll show you those 10 things and 40 more for an android device.

    I will say that your statement above can apply to those "one click" root tools, but for the most part those options are limited to Froyo based Android devices or older. I jailbroke an iphone once. Mostly the same process .
  8. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +629

    My post was dumbed down. :p I do know about Android rooting quite a bit. I have a number of devices that are rooted with custom ROMS myself.

    I was trying to make a link between the 'free' apps on jailbroken iPhones to 'free' apps on Android.
  9. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 451   +21

    Why would anyone bother with third party program marketplaces? The most expensive program on Play is what, $20?

    Sure is worth the 'bill shock'...
  10. Major misnomer here.. since you've bought nothing, then there is nothing for software to molest.

    Android is free... you do not pay for it, therefore, whatever malice is done to your hardware is moot. Because you didn't pay for the free Android... then any amount of malice is the buyer fault, for not protecting themselves upon purchase.

    It can only be malicious, if it harms something that is YOURS. You own your phone, but not the software on your phone.. that is still Google's.

    Big difference from an OS you purchase and install...
  11. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Most consumers do not realize that you have to take the same precautions with a smartphone as you would with your home PC. I mean they are completly ignorant.I have to troubleshoot phones at work and I can tell you two things from my own experience. 1. The Facebook app is a phone killer. 2. Most ppl with a smartphone do not realize that apps can affect the way your phone works. I mean they are really that ignorant of the dangers out there. When I attempt to educate them on the dangers of malware, I get ignored. They dont want to hear that the phone that they have been useing like a mad person is infected. They dont want to take responsability for the apps they download. For some reason they think that smartphones are invulnerable.
    Great part is, I tell these ppl and they ignore me. When they come back into my store with the same problem again. I get the JOY of fixing their problem and educating them again.
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  12. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Still haven't found an Android equivalent of Activator. On an iphone I used to use the volume up/down buttons as next/previous track when music is playing.
  13. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +629

    You realise that has been available for years?

  14. Unfortunately, there are those in the Linux community who subscribed to this delusional belief that Linux is immune to malware and you don't need common sense to secure your OS.
  15. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Enlighten me... :)
  16. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +629

    Ok, no problem. I've had the feature on the old Gingerbread 2.3.3.

    It's Android, you can do what you want. :D
  17. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,549   +235

    Well, where's a Staples Big Red button when you need it?!?!

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