Android Malware Increase by 1410% in 2011: Trend Micro Reports

By on Aug 25, 2011 in Internet, Smartphone, Software, Tablet, Technology Comments

Global content security company Trend Micro reported that the number of Android malware samples discovered by their researchers increased by 1410 percent from January 2011 to July 2011.

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In the blog post published in the TrendLabs Malware Blog last August 22, 2011 the security company confirmed reports that number of trojanized Android applications and actual malware targeting Android OS is increasing at an alarming rate.

“Our researchers opine that we have yet to reach a tipping point where malware become the biggest security issue for Android-based device users,” said Paul Oliveria, Technical Communications Specialist at Trend Micro.

“The fact that these malicious apps are out there to invade one’s privacy, to take control of a device, and to cost users money because of unnecessary billing charges are some things that should be taken seriously though.”

“Like most information security threats, awareness is the first step toward prevention,” added Mr. Oliveria.

In a related report, computer security firm McAfee also confirmed in their McAfee Threats Report: Second Quarter 2011 that Android OS became the most popular target for mobile malware developers in the second quarter of this year.

The full Trend Micro blog post and Android threats infographic can be viewed at the TrendLabs Malware Blog.

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