Android increasingly popular with cybercriminals ...

Android increasingly popular with cybercriminals …

March 5, 2014

Growth of Android threats detected by ESET between January 2012 and November 2013

Growth of Android threats detected by ESET between January 2012 and November 2013

Android continues to strengthen its position in the market: currently 81% of devices have this operating system. In the report Trends 2014: The Internet Privacy Challenge, developed by ESET in November 2013, the increasing number of attacks against the platform was shown since if the unique detections in 2012 and 2013 are compared, it is possible to establish that they are increased by 63% globally.

In turn, ESET researchers last year identified new threats for Android, previously known to Windows and other non-mobile platforms: DropperTrojan, ClickerTrojan and Bank Trojan. Also, in 2013, the company published an investigation on Hesperbot, an advanced banking Trojan. Part of the model of this malware was based on violating mobile applications for Android, Symbian and Blackberry OS and thus avoiding the multi-factor authentication that some banks use when logging in over the Internet.

Here are some tips that allow users to stay protected from these threats:

  • Only Install applications from official stores. Using legitimate software from official sources and repositories helps minimize the chance of becoming a victim of malicious code.
  • Implement a comprehensive security solution. It must proactively detect malware, filter unsolicited messages, check the correct configuration of the phone and offer the possibility of remotely deleting all the information stored in case of theft or loss of the device.
  • Update the operating system and applications of the Smartphone. As with computers, updating both the operating system and programs is necessary for security enhancements and new functionality.
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