Smartphone Malware Almost Doubling, Android Affected The Most
We all know that hacking is pretty common in today’s day and age but that is not confined to PCs and servers. Smartphone malware is also a thing and it comes in all kinds of shapes. They can infect your phone in the form of popular games and even aggress adverts. It seems that the smartphone malware problem is increasing day by day and no one seems to be safe from this disaster. Here are all the details about the spreading smartphone malware concern.
According to the NOK report, one out of 120 smartphones has smartphone malware in one form or another. This is more common in Android devices as compared to Windows and iOS. Out of the malware infested devices, 74% of them account for Android while 22% account for Windows and about 4% account for the iOS devices. This is considerably bad news for Android users.
The number of malware-infected apps on Android climbed to a threatening 8.9 million in July 2016. You can see the increase from the 5.1 million back in December 2015. If you are an Android user, chances are that your device is infected by malware in one form or another.
Kevin McNamee, head of the Nokia Threat Intelligence Lab said:
Today attackers are targeting a broader range of applications and platforms, including popular mobile games and new IoT devices, and developing more sophisticated and destructive forms of malware.
So hackers are looking to target a wider range of devices and not simply smartphones. With our devices being integrated with one another, we can only imagine how we could be affected if our device was to be attacked upon. As smartphones become more and more personal, this could be a concern for people who use smartphones for banking and transacting on a day to day basis.
What do you think about this smartphone malware increase in the recent months?