In November 2017, Nokia released a Threat Intelligence Report that suggested that Android malware is increasing day by day and Android devices are much more likely to become infected by malware as compared to other operating systems, such as Windows or iOS.
This report was made due to the increasing trend of Android Malware and Viruses and as this report suggests that Smartphones are 72% more likely to get mobile infections.
According to this report, 68.50% of all infected devices in the past year were running on the Android platform followed by Windows with a total of 27.96% infected devices. iOS, however, had only 3.54% mobile devices that were infected by Malware.
Android Malware is becoming a worrisome issue where 0.94% Android phones were affected in 2017 every month and mobile device infection rate stands at 0.68%.
Furthermore, Nokia also suggested that the biggest threat faced by the smartphones are the trojanized apps, referring to those apps that pose as popular ones on the Play store such as Netflix but contain malicious code in them.
The report also mentioned Top 20 smartphone malicious apps that are affecting Android in 2017. The three most popular apps were; Uapush adware, Jisun ransomware, and the Marcher banking trojan respectively.
Android malware has grown by 53% over the past year.
Nokia collected all this information about Android Malware via NetGuard which is a security product that is used by mobile network operators. The graph showed above clearly suggests that Smartphone and exclusively Android Malware has risen over the past two years.
However, Nokia still maintains that Play store defenses are much better than they were two years ago and went on to say that third party app stores are less protected and a common source of infection.
In 2016, a report suggested that Play store is currently hosting 400 vulnerable apps and Games that can potentially harm your device. This makes us wonder whether Google will take the necessary steps to resolve this issue.
Though if we look on the bright side, fixed residential networks look much better as infection rate fell from 11.3% to 6.2% last year which is a good sign.
iOS is under attack as well and no third-party apps have any involvement in it as all the malware comes from Spyphone apps that are supported by the Apple’s iOS store.
The report also advised users to be aware of where their personal information could be going. Ad-ware is being used by many ad-funded apps that does not necessarily categorize as malware but still provides the app access to personal contacts and phone numbers.