Google has announced that there are 500 million Android devices (Internet capable smartphones, etc. with an Android operating system) activated globally. And that there are 1.3 million activated each day. That being the case, it’s no wonder why Android is the target of choice of cybercriminals the world over.
I’ve written many times on this blog that the crooks will go where the largest number of potential victims are. In the case of personal computer users, that’s Windows machines. In the case of smartphone users, that’s Android devices.
You may recall that last year Google’s App Store was plagued with applications for the Android devices that contained malware. Very bad malware, such as the Zeus Trojan banking malware. They have since cleaned that up, and hopefully have instituted a quality assurance policy that makes sure their apps written by third-party software companies are void of malware before they become available for download to unsuspecting Android phone users.
The cyber criminal organizations don’t seem to be giving up this Android golden egg basket so easily. They’ve shifted their method of attack and are using phishing and other lures to get the Android users to visit a malicious website and there be infected with malware, some of it very dangerous like…you guessed it, Zeus.
Apple products, both computer and smartphone devices, have up to now not been a target of the cyber crooks. On the computer side, partly because of the long-standing hacker tradition of hating Microsoft and loving Apple; hence their aim was at the former rather than the latter. However, that is changing. Partly because cyber criminals, not motivated by hate, but by money, will attack the big targets, and Apple’s iPhone, while not as large a population as Androids, is nonetheless a large target. There have been malware attacks on the Apple iPhones, iPods, iPads, etc. in recent months that are similar to those on the Android population. Remember big targets attract big nasty malware.
Reference: Mashable Tech
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