We have some bad news for you if you are using an Android device as various cyberattacks are up 40 percent compared to a year ago. This information is coming from research that Avast just released. It showed that Android gets about 1.2 to 1.7 million cyberattacks per month.
This is quite a jump, 40 percent actually, from the same time last year. We have all of the latest news about what Avast uncovered in this new research study on Android so read on to learn more.
Cyberattacks Up 40 Percent on Android in 2017
The worst part about this news is that just from 2016 to 2017, the cyberattacks on Android have increased more than 40 percent. This is on both Android smartphones and Android tablets. That means per month, Android is seeing about 1.2 million to 1.7 million attacks.
According to Avast researchers, this is because the strategies of these hackers is becoming more dangerous and also more flexible. When it comes to what Android users are looking at, you are looking at theft of personal information and overall privacy.
There is even more bad news because there are too many variations of these viruses coming out as well. In fact, each month, over 788 different variations are occurring every month. This is over a 22 percent increase from just a year ago. Specifically, there are three major threats that Android is facing right now. Those three big threats include fake apps, downloaders, and rooters. Rooters are about 22.8 percent of all threats, while downloaders make up 22.76 percent, and fake apps are 6.97 percent of the threats.
Android Cyberattacks Increase with Three Big Threats
When you look at the Android cyberattacks, the rooters are 22.8 percent of all of the threats. These types of cyberattacks look to try to spy on you in order to get your information. This is done by exploiting various vulnerabilities in Android. Mostly the hackers will try to gain root access or control, but exploiting vulnerabilities is also an option for these attackers. This allows those hackers to get the inside user data and personal information.
The fake apps are spam-based apps, and only account for 6.97 percent of Android cyberattacks. These are basically apps that pretend to be a real app, although they are completely fake. The goal with these is to get people to download them thinking they are the real app. Once that happens, advertisements are then presented to the Android user, and then will generate advertisement revenue for the attacker.
When it comes to the downloaders, which are 22.7 percent of cyberattacks, these are also spam-based attacks. The differences is that downloaders use social engineering, which then tricks the person into downloading the application that is malicious. This means that spam advertisements will then go all over the Android screen both inside and outside of the malicious app. The ads often times will link to a website that is malicious as well.
Cyberattacks Continue Rising on Android
Malware is one of the biggest types of cyberattacks carried out on Android. Ransomware attacks are also increasing, with over a 50 percent increase on Android alone. Not only that, but, we also see other threats like Trojans that are impacting Android as well. Trojans, such as Hummer, have impacted over 1 million Android devices.
Android is the most common operating system in the world, which is likely why we see more attacks on Android than any other operating system, including iOS. Android is also open-source, which makes attacks much easier to pull off than on the closed network of iOS.
Cyber security issues on Android will only continue to rise as these attackers become more agile and more willing to change up how they operate. The best thing to do is to ensure you are running anti-virus software on your Android device. You also should use only Google Play Store to download Android apps and not use a third-party app store. Using the third-party app stores pose a significantly higher risk of cyberattacks on Android.