Malicious Android applications dropped by half during 2017

Malicious Android applications dropped by half during 2017


While Android security is always in question, 2017 was a good year for malware: infected applications dropped almost half compared to 2016.

Often we talked about malware in Android applications a serious security issue that affects the Google Play Store. This store has increased control measures, but even so, they continue to filter applications that go from stealing data to infecting with advertising. Even harming the cryptocurrency …

Android has a serious problem with malicious applications, yes, but it's not the only one: iOS also offers vulnerabilities that take advantage of a good amount of applications . This stems from the latest ESET security report on mobile platforms: 60% of security holes in the execution of iOS-enabled code; in Android, the figure is reduced to less than half, 27%.

40.5% more security holes in Android compared to 2016

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2017 was a year in which 735 known security holes were discovered on Android. According to ESET, this represented a 40.5% more than in 2016 ; with worrying data, as we commented: 27% of vulnerabilities allow the execution of malicious code. This is serious, since a significant percentage of malicious apps take advantage of these flaws, although they are not the most common ones on the Google Play Store: The most common malware is one that projects unwanted ads on the screen .

Malicious applications usually install for "adware" or advertising injection

Google has implemented many security enhancements within the app store, starting with Google Play Protect . As ESET says, this would have drastically reduced the number of detections, even though security risks increased: the number of malicious applications detected fell 47.24% less than in 2016 . Eye, only in the Google Play Store, infections caused by Apks installed separately were not analyzed.

In Spain, Spain ranks number 30 in the world with 1.2% of detections. This is the "honor roll" for the number of malware detected. Surprising that the first is not China.

iOS does not get rid of malware. During 2017, 365 vulnerabilities were detected on its platform, 126.71% more than in 2016 . Of these vulnerabilities, 60% allow the injection of code; although malware detections dropped 54.6 percent, something more than what happened on Android.


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