Cyber Criminals Continue to target Android Users

Research shows that nearly all new mobile threats in the first quarter of this year targeted Android users.

The latest mobile threat report from F Secure labs identified 277 new threat families and variants, of which 275 targeted the Android operating system.

The F Secure labs report shows that 83% of mobile Trojans send SMS messages to premium numbers or SMS based subscription services - the most common malicious activity.

Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-secure said: "These developments give us signs as to the direction of malware authors. We are very likely to see more of these in the coming months. For example, mobile phones are getting more powerful, making it possible for cyber criminals to profit by using them to mine for cryptocurrencies."

The first quarter saw the UK experience the highest level of mobile malware, with 15-20 malicious malware files blocked per 10,000 users.

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