78% of all mobile network infections targets Android smartphones – Nokia

78% of all mobile network infections targets Android smartphones - Nokia

78% of all mobile network infections targets Android smartphones – Nokia

A Nokia Threat Intelligence Report has revealed that Android smartphones have become the target malware infections, as they account for 78 percent of all mobile network infections around the world.

“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”

The report revealed a sharp rise in the occurrence of smartphone malware infections in the first half of last year, stating that smartphone infections nearly doubled between January and July 2016 compared to the latter half of 2015, and that devices based on the Android(TM) operating system were the most targeted mobile platform by far, representing 74 percent of all mobile malware infections.

The report, which is issued twice a year and examines general trends and statistics for malware infections in devices connected through mobile and fixed networks, says the malware infection rate hit an all-time high in April, with infections striking 1.06 percent of all mobile devices tracked. In addition,

According to the report, there are new and more sophisticated malware which have emerged that can be more difficult to detect and remove.

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”. Nokia’s network-based security solution is the best approach to address this growing threat to all types of devices. It detects and prevents malware activity that device-based solutions may miss.”

The report shows that the average smartphone infection rate increased 96 percent in the first half of 2016, compared to the second half of 2015 (0.49 percent vs 0.25 percent).

 


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Success Kafoi, is a Lagos-Nigerian based ICT Journalist and a Guest Blogger for Nexxy Tech. you can connect with him on twitter @Tach_Kafoi

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