Posted by: David Harley | February 21, 2018

G Data on Android malware sample numbers

Christian Lueg for G Data: Some 343 new Android malware samples every hour in 2017. Which is quantified in the article as 3,002,482 samples over the whole year. That’s a little lower than in 2016, but he also points out:

“In the past year alone, Google and AV providers discovered over 700,000 apps that violate the guidelines of the Play store. This constitutes an increase of 70 percent compared to 2016. Among the malicious apps were copycats – apps with unacceptable content and malware which pose as legitimate apps.”

If Google comments on this post at all, which I doubt, it will probably point out that this is a very small number when you look at the entire Android ecology. But it still looks like a big number to me.

David Harley

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