FYI...Mobile malware up 163%
April 15, 2013 - "Mobile malware threats increased 163%
to more than 65,000 in 2012, according to NQ Mobile*. The problem is becoming more complex as smarter mobile malware can better target connected devices... Nearly 95 percent of all mobile malware discovered in 2012 targeted Android. The top three methods for delivering malware in 2012 were app repackaging, malicious URLs, and smishing. NQ Mobile estimates that these forms of malware helped infect an estimated 32.8 million Android devices in 2012... Key findings:
Over 32.8 million Android devices were infected in 2012 vs. 10.8 million in 2011 an increase of over 200 percent
The top five markets for infected mobile devices were China (25.5%), India (19.4%), Russia (17.9%), United States (9.8%) and Saudi Arabia (9.6%)
65% of malware discovered in 2012 falls into a broader category of Potentially Unwanted Programs (or PUPs). PUPs include root exploits, spyware, pervasive adware and Trojans (surveillance hacks)
28% of mobile malware discovered in 2012 was designed to collect and profit from a user's personal data
7% of malware was simply designed to make a user's device stop working (i.e., "bricking" their phones)
Looking ahead, NQ Mobile estimated that over 10 million devices have already been infected in the first quarter of 2013..."
"... a majority of consumers will never run into malware -unless- they use an unofficial app marketplace, pirate apps illegally or unknowingly click on a malicious link."
___Symantec 2013 Internet Security Threat Report
April 16, 2013 - "... Key Findings:
42% increase in targeted attacks in 2012.
31% of all targeted attacks aimed at businesses with less than 250 employees.
One waterhole attack infected 500 organizations in a single day.
14 zero-day vulnerabilities.
32% of all mobile threats steal information.
A single threat infected 600,000 Macs in 2012.
Spam volume continued to decrease, with 69% of all email being spam.
The number of phishing sites spoofing social networking sites increased 125%.
Web-based attacks increased 30%.
5,291 new vulnerabilities discovered in 2012, 415 of them on mobile operating systems..."
Overview and Analysis - 58 pages, 5.5 MB (PDF):
Additional Stats and Information - 96 pages, 5 MB (PDF)