Nokia Warns the Smartphone Users About the Malware Infections

Nokia Warns the Smartphone Users About the Malware Infections

The mobile malware infections increased greatly in the second half of 2016, warns Nokia.

Nokia seems to be successfully carving their way in mobile and internet security of Things, and their new research has discovered an amazing 83 percent rise in smartphone malware infections in the second half of the last year.

Malware spreading was not believed to be a serious problem two years ago when Verizon reported just 0.03 percent of their smartphones being infected with higher-grade malware. This was much lower than what Kindsight Security Labs reported. Their report estimated 0.68 percent infection rate. Newest reports from Nokia, however, suggest that today’s infection rate is far, far higher.

The report was based on data provided by mobile networks that have deployed its NetGuard Endpoint Security, and according to Nokia, the monthly rate of malware infections has risen to astounding 1.08 percent during the second half of last year, with up to 1.35 percent infection rate in October.

When compared to the first half of the last year, when the infection rate was estimated to be about 0.66 percent, a 63 percent rise was detected in the short few months.

The monthly reports measured that an average infection rate of smartphones was around 0.9 percent in the second half, while 0.49 was reported in the first half of 2016. This leads to the conclusion that over the year, the infections rose a 400 percent.

More than 100 million devices across Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East were included in this calculation. More than 80% of infections were detected on Android devices, with 15 percent of infections detected on Windows, and four percent or less on iPhones and other mobile devices. Windows infections have noticeably decreased from the first half of the year when the infection rate was around 22%.

This report by Nokia offers a contrast to Google’s assessment of malware infections from earlier this month. In their Android Security 2016 Year in Review report, Google reported that Android infections were at 0.64 percent in the first quarter of 2016. They then measured a growth to 0.77 percent in the second quarter, 0.67% in the third, and then a slight increase to 0.71 percent in the fourth quarter. That is quite the difference when compared to Nokia’s reports.

Google’s system of measurement is based on the frequency of finding PHAs or potentially harmful apps during the routine device scans of their anti-malware service. They claimed that the Android infections were less than 1 percent since 2014 and that users are ten times more likely to download malware from other sources than Google Play.

Even though the infections on mobile networks are increasing, it was reported by Nokia that the infections on fixed-line residential networks have decreased in the last few years, despite the bump in early 2016. They reported that this was due to a surge in adware.