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Android devices cause majority of infections in mobile networks

Anuradha Shukla | Nov. 14, 2013
Findings from the latest network security trends by Alcatel-Lucent.

Android devices account for 60 percent of infections in mobile networks, according to findings from the latest network security trends by Alcatel-Lucent.

The third quarter of 2013 (Q3 2013) of Kindsight Security Labs Malware Report indicates that forty percent of infections were because of Windows computers that are connected to the mobile network.

Malware infection rates in mobile networks grew 20 percent this year.

While fixed residential malware infections have remained constant for the year (10 percent), infections on iPhone devices and BlackBerry devices account to less than 1 percent of mobile infections.

"This quarter the top threats to home computers were botnets designed to make lots of money for cyber-criminals through ad-click and banking fraud," said Kevin McNamee, security architect and director of Alcatel-Lucent's Kindsight Security Solutions. "On the mobile front, the main target continues to be Android smartphones and tablets, which constitute 60 percent of the mobile infections observed."

Home networks

Infection of home networks with malware increased by one percent and mobile device infection rates for the third quarter rose by 0.08 percent from the previous quarter.

Six percent of home networks indicated all types of malware infecting computers, computer programs and applications running on computers.

The report found five percent of households to be infected with a moderate threat level malware such as spyware, browser hijackers or adware.

The infection rate for the ZeroAccess botnet decreased from 0.8 percent to 0.5 percent this quarter but mobile malware continues to grow with a 72 percent increase in Android malware samples.

Alcatel-Lucent emphasizes it is important to detect and measure malicious traffic types traversing these networks as hackers use malware to access devices for frauds and scams.

Mobile device users should take relevant security measures so that they can protect their data from malicious apps.


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