Android Virus on a rise, 350 new malicious apps every hour

The malware target vulnerabilities in Android versions are apparently increasing because of the apps. The scanning of affected accounts has revealed that the malware-infested software for Google’s mobile operating system is spreading at an alarming rate.

It has recently been discovered by the security researchers revealed that more than 750,000 new malicious apps have sprung out during the first quarter of this year and is expected to reach 3.5 million by the end of 2017.

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It has been clearly stated in the report that this malware is spreading among devices due to the third-party phone manufacturers. It’s because that their software get updated less often and even get major delays.

The details of the apps is as follows

  •  The Ice cream sandwich app (4.0.3-4.0.4): 0.9%
  • The Gingerbread app (2.3-2.3.7): 0.9%
  • The Jelly Bean app (4.1.x-4.3): 10.1%
  • The Lollipop app (5.0-5.1): 32.0%
  • The KitKat app (4.4): 20.0%
  • The Nougat app (7.0-7.1): 4.9%
  • The Marshmallow app (6.0): 31.2%

This reveals that attackers are pretty much targeting Google’s OS because nine out of ten handsets run on Android around the world. Google regularly sends out fixes for ending the malware campaigns but because of the Android’s fragmented ecosystem, a vast majority of the devices are left vulnerable to the attack. Therefore, the best option is to constantly update your phone to the latest version of Android and download the apps from the Play Store only.

Via: The Next Web


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