Android malware refuses to slow down, mobiles at high risk: Kaspersky

Android continues as the most vulnerable mobile platform for malicious attacks attracting a whopping 98.05 percent of known malware, says the latest report from Kaspersky Lab.

The US and Russia are the leading hosts of malicious web resources, Kaspersky Lab said. Forty five percent of web attacks neutralized by Kaspersky Lab products were launched from these countries.

Kaspersky Lab is detecting 315,000 new malicious files every day. Last year’s number was 200,000, the report said. Kaspersky Lab’s products repelled an average of 4,659,920 attacks on users every day when they were online.

The overall global Internet threat level grew by 6.9 percentage points – in 2013, 41.6 percent of user computers were attacked at least once. To perform these attacks, cybercriminals used[1] 10,604,273 unique hosts, which is 60.5 percent more than in 2012.  Displaying Countries where users face the highest risk of local infection.JPG

The number of browser-based attacks over the last two years has almost doubled to 1,700,870,654

Kaspersky Lab detected 104,427 new modifications of malicious programs for mobile devices, which is 125 percent more than in 2012

In October 2013 alone we saw 19,966 mobile malware new modifications. That’s 50 percent of the total that Kaspersky Lab found in the whole of 2012, uncovered in a single month.

Countries that are grouped in the highest risk level include Russia, Austria, Germany, several former Soviet republics and several Asian countries – where 41-60 percent of Kaspersky Lab users reported attempted web attacks on their computers.

The report found that 90.52 percent of all detected attempts to exploit vulnerabilities targeted Oracle Java.

Seven of the Top 20 malicious programs on the Internet were threats that are blocked during attempted drive-by attacks.

Mobile Malware

In the mobile arena, Android continues to contribute to the highest number of malware attacks, and there is unlikely to be any slowdown in the development of malicious apps, especially for Android.

“Android ticks all the boxes for cybercriminals – it’s a widely-used OS that is easy to use for both app developers and malware authors alike,” said Christian Funk, Senior Virus Analyst, Kaspersky Lab, commented.

Obad, probably the most remarkable malware discovery in the mobile field in 2013, is being distributed by multiple methods, including pre-established mobile botnets.

Kaspersky Lab products also detected almost 3 billion malware attacks on user computers. A total of 1.8 million malicious and potentially unwanted programs were detected in these attacks.

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