Is it such a big surprise that the Android platform is becoming popular for malware, given the open nature of the platform and that OEM’s are often responsible for adding in security?
Windows may still represent the lion’s share of malware development, but the Android mobile OS continues to garner interest from black hats: 2014, in fact, saw a 300-times increase in Android malware overall. According to Quick Heal’s Annual Threat Report for 2015, adware and ransomware have been dominant on Windows for a few years and have now evolved and propagated to Android devices as well. The development makes the threat landscape “all-encompassing and unescapable,” the company said. “The threat landscape has drastically changed over the last few years and this makes our job harder and highlights the importance that users and enterprises must pay to channels such as social media, web-based services, cloud portals and more,” said Sanjay Katkar, CTO at Quick Heal Technologies, in a statement. “All bits of data can be monetized today.”