G DATA security experts warn of increasing level of threat for Android mobile devices.
Around 72 percent of smartphone users worldwide have a device that uses an Android operating system (source: Statcounter). In the first quarter of 2017, G DATA security experts discovered over 750,000 new malware apps for Google’s popular operating system. The figures are proof of a growing level of threat. The security problem is particularly prevalent among devices from third party providers. Updates appear after a delay, or not at all. The new malware statistics for the first quarter of 2017 and an evaluation of the current situation are available in the G DATA Security Blog.
“Numerous online activities such as banking and shopping are performed from a smartphone,” explains Tim Berghoff, G DATA Security Evangelist. “The level of threat for users is growing, as there are security issues relating to the provisioning of Android updates for third-party devices.”
G DATA security experts counted 3,246,284 new Android malware apps in 2016 as a whole. This was an unprecedented figure, and the forecast for 2017 shows yet another increase. The analysts discovered 750,000 new malware apps during the first quarter of 2017 alone. About 3,500,000 new malware samples are expected for the entire year.
The unclear update procedure with third party providers represents an unnecessary security risk for users. Smartphones and tablets play an important role in everyday private and working life. Whether for banking, shopping or everyday work - besides having a comprehensive security solution, the operating system must always be kept fully up to date. An open security hole that attackers can exploit can lead to enormous damage. However, with many mobile devices it is not clear for how long – if at all – the devices will receive updates.
The new malware statistics for the first quarter of 2017 and an evaluation of the current situation are available in the G DATA Security Blog.