ESET predicts rise in malware threat to Android devices in 2013

By Kul Bhushan | Published on 24 Dec 2012
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ESET predicts rise in malware targeting the Android devices in 2013.

ESET predicts rise in malware threat to Android devices in 2013

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IT security company ESET predicts a rise in malware targeting mobile devices, especially Android OS-based ones, in India in 2013. Malware for mobile phones was marked a main trend of 2012 in last year’s ESET report. This time ESET researchers focused on malware for Android OS, as the market share of Android mobile phones have grown significantly.

During the first quarter of 2012, according to IDC statistics, the Google OS saw a year-over-year rise of 145 percent in market share. Furthermore, Juniper in its whitepaper “Banking Anytime Anywhere.” predicts that next year, the number of users accessing banking services from their smartphones will rise to 530 million people. According to the same study, in 2011 there were only 300 million individuals, who accessed banks from their phones.

ESET points out to another trend – spread of malware via removable storage devices is dipping globally in favour of the use of an intermediary in order to attract new victims. Simply speaking, instead of compromising system through infected flash drives and other removable media, bad guys compromise web servers to host malware and then sending out the hyperlinks leading the users to the malware.

Although throughout 2012 all detections related to INF/Autorun malware family, variety of malware using the file autorun.inf on Windows computers as a way of compromising a PC, have been steadily decreasing in India, this threat continues dominating. That means USB flash drives are still an effective way of compromising computers. One of the reasons, according to ESET researchers, is that Indian users are still prone to using pirated software including OS itself along with pirated security software if at all the latter is installed on the system. Moreover, a very basic security practice as scanning removable media with security software is ignored by majority of Indian computer users.

 

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