Report Concludes Mobile Device Malware Infection Rates Lower Than Originally Thought

Posted on April 23, 2015 by .

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Just about every one of the proper age has some sort of mobile device. Most of those mobile devices are smartphones, which are connected to the internet and susceptible to malware – especially ones running the Android operating system.

The threat of mobile malware has been among the highlighted stories due to researchers supposed details, uncovering new aggressive and emerging threats. However, those reports are not as menacing as you would think as a new study reveals most of those details are exaggerated.

Mobile malware is nothing new in the eyes of security researchers. At one time, it was thought that all mobile devices would need to run a type of antimalware app to prevent infection. As it turns out, many of those scary reports of how mobile malware would be the end-all to security on smartphones and other mobile devices connected to the internet, are overzealous and not as serious as they lead on to be.

A new report from Damballa, a provider of automated breach defense solutions, concluded that only 9,688 devices out of nearly 151 million are connected to malicious hosts. That’s a percentage of only .0064% out of about 49% of the mobile traffic monitored in the US during 2014. From those results alone, it is evident that mobile device malware isn’t as serious as it was once claimed to be.

However, it is prudent to note that nearly 10% of the market and malware hosts are located outside of the non-cellular DNS dataset that was monitored. The majority of malicious hosts are within a narrow avenue of just 7 or more malicious domains when examining half of the malware culprits.

What this comes down to is the chance of mobile device malware landing on your device is nearly as minute as someone from your city winning your state lottery.

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