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Android malware exploding, says Trend Micro

Ellen Messmer | Oct. 23, 2012
The amount of mobile Android malware has surged this year, from a count of 30,000 malware specimens in June to almost 175,000 last month, according to Trend Micro's Security Roundup report for the third quarter of this year.

Airpush with 26,321 Leadbolt with 20,502 Touchnet with 8,541 Gappusin with 6,978 Adwizp with 4,254 Plankton with 4,137 Adswo with 3,342 Wooboo with 2,032 Wapsx with 515 |Mobiletx with 100

Trend Micro bases much of its report findings on data collected across its cloud-based Smart Protection Network for global threat intelligence. There's also an update on the top spam-sending countries where email spam originates (though it's often thought to be controlled through botnets whose masters may reside in an entirely different country). Currently, the surprise is that Saudi Arabia has suddenly come from nowhere to become the top spam-sending country.

"This is really new," comment Genes, and it's probably because spam filtering has improved in other countries, such as the U.S, India and Turkey, and spammers are currently turning to Saudi Arabia as a new place to exploit compromised computers and networks to blast spam across the world.

 

 

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