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Exponential Growth in for-profit Malware Hits Android

By Aldo Panessidi

 

Technology is such an integral part of our daily lives that it is often easy to be unaware of what is silently going on and lurking in the background of our computers – especially what have now become pocket-computers - smartphones. The intent behind writing malware code has significantly shifted from the early days of this intrusive and highly damaging virus creation. Where it once was mischievous, attention-grabbing and reeked of personal ego and glorification, we are now in an era where viruses are stealthy coded to gather information which is then sold for profit. The 21st century has seen an exponential growth in malware to fuel a multi-billion dollar black market industry that is more profitable than illegal gambling and pornography combined.   In fact many wireless carriers are tracking user's behavior and personal SMS through a  spyware product developed by a company called Carrier IQ.  Protect your privacy from carriers with unlocked cell phones... which are carrier agnostic and allow you freedom from being 'locked in' a long term service contract.

Exponential Growth in for-profit Malware Hits Android

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What many consumers and companies are in denial about is the fact that smartphones are another endpoint open to infection and infiltration (and let’s be honest, righteous Mac / Apple users epitomize the attitude of this mindset). Alas, greed knows no boundaries, even if you have a sleek and lovely device in a cool case. To the chagrin of both iOS and Android users, botnets and rootkits that steal data don’t necessarily slow smartphones down which makes them silent and hard to detect, allowing malware to exploit consumer information for a profit.  Enhance your mobility... turn your device into a power tool.  Discover select premium memory and electronic accessories specifically designed to make your devices functionally efficient and performance rich.

Exponential Growth in for-profit Malware Hits Android

So, as the Carrier IQ scandal has brought widespread attention about carrier-sourced spyware, the ever growing targeted threat to Android users has walked off of center stage. According to Lookout Mobile Security, more than $1 million was pilfered from Android smartphones in 2011 and the amount of malware written for this OS dramatically jumped from 1% to 4% this year. The security firm highlights the practice of “mobile pickpocketing” which is malicious code written to steal money by exploiting carrier billing features. Consumers do have the option of unlocked devices and allow themselves the ability to shop around for carriers that address these security gaps.  Get powered up for work, life and play easily and conveniently with their collection of desktop chargers, wall chargers and car chargers.   Get all the power and energy you need for the mobile lifestyle.

The data was collected from 15 million handsets globally and from over one million apps in efforts to compile a 2012 Mobile Threat Predictions report. All signs point to continued increases in lost money, infected machines, and collected data in 2012.  Discover  the widest online selection of Bluetooth Headsets and BlueTooth Car Kits.  Latest technology from top brand manufacturers.  Hands free functionality is designed for the interactive 'on the go' lifestyle  and allows safe driving

Following these findings, the co-founder and CTO of Lookout Mobile Security stated, “2011 was a watershed year in terms of the types threats we saw emerging […] “Threats had greater sophistication and were deployed using more innovative and efficient distribution methods. In 2012, we expect to see the mobile malware business turn profitable. What took 15 years on the PC platform has only taken the mobile ecosystem two years.”

So – consumers beware, be educated, be on guard. Be empowered.

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