Malware targeting mobile devices is rapidly growing in both the number of variants found in the wild and in their complexity and sophistication, but the only platform being actively targeted is Google's Android.
According to malware researchers at F-Secure Labs, the number of active mobile threat families and variants initially spiked in the winter quarter, with Android's share jumping from 49 out of 74 known threats to 96 out of 100, with the balance being related to Nokia's essentially mothballed Symbian platform.
That was enough to rouse a tweet from the rarely used account of Apple's head of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller, who linked to the report with the brief admonition "be safe out there."
However, F-Secure's new report for the latest quarter shows Android now accounts for 136 out of 149 known threats, or 91.3 percent of all malware activity (up from 79 percent in 2012).
The other threats remained related to Symbian, with zero discovered for Blackberry, Microsoft's Windows Mobile/Phone or Apple's iOS. The research noted that mobile threats are overwhelmingly motivated by profits, with 76.5 percent designed specifically to con users out of money, rather than seeking to just cause damage.
SO FOLKS IT SEEMS ANDROID IS ABOUT TO MEET SYMBIAN'S FATE AND BE MOTHBALLED.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
What's so financially delicious is how MSFT makes $6-$8 on every Android phone made by HTC, Foxconn, Samsung and LG. 2013: the year that it rained money, money and money to Microsoft investors.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
"Google turns the Samsung Galaxy S4 into a Nexus phone, coming June 26th for $649"
"Google just pulled out a Samsung Galaxy S4 on the Google I/O stage, but it's not like any S4 you've ever seen: It runs stock Android, is a completely unlocked device that comes with an unlocked bootloader, and Google's promising prompt system updates as well. The device runs on both T-Mobile and AT&T's LTE networks and comes with 16GB of storage. The handset will go on sale, directly from Google, for $649 this June 26th.
Basically, it's a Nexus device, and while Google didn't give it an official name, the company wasn't shy about describing the "Nexus user experience" on tap. When we reviewed the Galaxy S4 last month, we found it one of the most compelling Android smartphones we'd ever seen, if not as physically solid as the HTC One or a gigantic improvement over the Galaxy S III. It's also not nearly as inexpensive as the Nexus 4, which doesn't come with LTE but retails for only $299 fully unlocked. Another temporary caveat with this Nexus device might be that it comes with Android 4.2, even though we're expecting Android 4.3 later today."
new samsung phone (maybe samsung abandon android with this new phone, huh?), unlocked, always newest os, carrier cannot block update.
all the thing you say they not care about and not ever do.
you competing for new title?
no contest on malware.
cisco estimate that mobile has 0.42% of all malware. 90% of 0.42% = 0.378% guess where rest of malware is? :-D
this size 'explosion' could lift bottle cap several millimeter.
yes, this not good. maybe updated os software is less vulnerable. but report doesn't mention which versions can be successfully attacked. maybe if they tell users which versions are safe they sell less anti-virus ware. ;-)
ireport does say:
"Most, if not all, approaches taken by Android malware have been seen before on
a different platform, i.e., Windows. In a way, Android is experiencing the same
fate as Windows where its huge market share works in both good and bad ways.
Such popularity certainly translates well in terms of sales, but it also appeals to the
maliciously-minded crowds. Malware authors see plenty of opportunities yet to be
explored on the relatively new and growing platform. And they are drawing inspiration
from Windows malware’s approaches, which is why we are now seeing trends such as
commoditization of malware services, targeted attacks and 419 scams popping up in
the mobile threat scene."
reason symbian was mothballed was not malware tho. you just spinning on that? or just not able to figure out real reason? ;-)
you maybe not know, not want to know or just forget. same lawsuit msft use against other vendor they try on b+n. msft settle out of court by paying b+n $680 mio. now b+n make nook full android device. no w8 b+n device yet and rumor of one gone cold ...
new rumor that msft will buy nook div. for $billion. how their lawyer shoot so 'straight' on that case? ;-)
"because its illegal use of MSFT IP..."
That is an unsubstantiated pile of horse pockey. No particular patent, supposedly owned by MS and known to be valid, has been asserted against Android and been adjudicated in favor of MS in a court of law.
Do you lie for fun or is it a pathological problem with you?