Android has most malware, BlackBerry least...
Saw this article in the times of India. Confirms the worst about Android. But still there will be people who say folks don't care about security. Till they lose money....
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- 03-08-13, 04:59 AM #3
Fairly well-known fact amongst the knowledgeable, though keep in mind that the overall popularity of a platform makes it far more likely that the miscreants will target it too. Not nearly as fun or lucrative to write malware for platforms that don't have as many victims available.
It's like having a security system in your car. Doesn't mean it can't be stolen but it just makes the cars with no security more attractive to steal. Return on effort.
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- 03-08-13, 08:42 AM #7
- 03-08-13, 08:53 AM #8
- 03-08-13, 08:57 AM #9
- 03-08-13, 08:58 AM #10
I have an example from just last month where I was victim to some Android malware. I was trying out some RDP (Remote Desktop) apps by sideloading them on to my Dev Alpha. The next day I was on the PC I was using to test them with when all of a sudden I got disconnected by someone logging into my computer remotely. I immediately pulled the ethernet cable on that PC and then went through the Windows event logs. I found multiple connections coming form China!
Fortunately the PC they gained access to had nothing of real importance. But just goes to show there is a real threat of your information and data being stolen.
- 03-08-13, 09:04 AM #12
- 03-08-13, 09:09 AM #13
Unfortunately I don't know which one it was because I tried a few of them.
- 03-08-13, 09:17 AM #15
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- 03-08-13, 09:23 AM #17
Regarding the RDP thing, all that tells me is that someone used RDP to login to your PC, instead of you logging in from the Android device. Honestly I don't see how that automatically implicates the Android app.
Yes, it's possible the Android app was a trojan that was sharing account info somewhere, but on the other hand if you had a PC that was open to the world via RDP on standard ports, if I'm not mistaken the mean time to scanning popular open ports like that these days is on the order of minutes.
RDP's default encryption is vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attack, and if you're using a weak password...
- 03-08-13, 09:31 AM #18
For example, I have a funny feeling that a large percentage of people reporting "horrible battery life" or "high memory usage" on Z10s are running either sideloaded or otherwise crappy Android apps that cannot be managed by QNX the way native apps can in terms of resource sharing, CPU cycles, etc. What happens for example if an Android app that would normally prevent an Android tablet from sleeping, tries to do that on BB10? Do you give it that kind of control over the OS? What if it gets "stuck" in that state and kills the Z10's battery in an hour? Etc.
- 03-08-13, 09:39 AM #20
- 03-08-13, 09:41 AM #21
- 03-08-13, 09:55 AM #24
There's other possibilities too. Like the entire Android device was already trojaned and they were monitoring every keystroke you made on there.
But yeah, in general, it's not hard to understand why Android is going to be full of holes. Someone at a client the other day proudly showed me her shiny new Galaxy Note II... and the first thing I said to her was: "You have an antivirus utility installed on there, right?" "Oh... no, should I???" "Better believe it."
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