99 percent of mobile malware targets Android: Cisco

By Silky Malhotra | Updated 22 Jan 2014
99 percent of mobile malware targets Android: Cisco
  • Cisco's Annual security report states that 99 percent of all mobile malware in 2013 targeted Android devices.

In its annual security report, Cisco has stated that 99 percent of the total mobile malware targets Android devices. The report highlights the current security concerns and trends in vulnerabilities so that users can build more effective defence strategies.

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The report also stated that mobile malware constituted of 1.2% of all web malware encounters during 2013. Another highlight from the report is that 71% of web-delivered malware was meant for Android only. The malware rate for iPhone users was only 14 percent. Java was also a target of 91 percent of all web exploits.

The report found that Android users were targets for “security encounters” involving phishing, forcible redirects, social engineering and “likejacking”.

Electronics manufacturing, agriculture and mining industries were also becoming targets for malicious software at about six times the rate of other industries. Cyber criminals are targeting Web hosting servers and data centers to form überbots. The report has also highlighted that there is a lack of security experts in India.

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“In 2013, there was an unprecedented growth of advanced attacks and malicious traffic that unfortunately reached historic levels,” said Cisco Leader Security Business (India and SAARC) Diwakar Dayal.

On the shortage of trained professionals in India, Dayal said, “In India itself we are seeing a shortage of close to 4,00,000 cyber warriors as per CERT report in September last year. Over 1,000 times, the Indian government websites have been breached for the past 3 years.”

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According to a recent McAfee report data center security will be a top concern for 2014. The report highlighted that organizations have to adopt advanced threat defense solutions to respond to attacks faster and move from analysis to protection and resolution.

Source: CISCO

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