Comments

Cass February 6, 2013

OMG, the growth in Android malware is just shocking! And if mobile malware is only 0.5%, then it can be expected that Android malware will continue to rise far beyond this.
The second thing that impressed me was the 18% drop. This is much more believable than what some other reports say. Still, I think that even though the volumes are dropping, the risks are higher because messages get crafted more. It looks like spammers have moved from quantity to quality, which is bad for us.

Jessica Langley February 18, 2013

Online advertisements are 182 times more likely to deliver malicious content than pornographic sites—I definitely understand this one. Don’t get me wrong, okay. I am not into porn, but I see the logic. One of the foremost reasons is the filters that search engines and advertising networks use. Besides, a lot of Internet users are prudes. They immediately report any kind of pornographic material that accidentally reaches their searches or their inboxes. In other words, porn still remains a very specialized market.
This report is actually very interesting, offering something new to me. Thanks!

Augusto February 21, 2013

That Android thing is downright scary! If I were to believe this—and taking some points from Cass—if only 0.5 percent can be attributed to mobile spam and yet Android malware is increasing, then it only means that the Google baby is extremely unsecured. And they have the nerve to talk about how secure these apps are or how they have upgraded their OS continuously. If I remember, around a year ago, more than 50 apps that contained malware were inadvertently approved. To add to that, Android devices are the fastest-selling in the market because the OS is open source.

Johnny February 22, 2013

Why is there no Cialis on the list? Anyway, if there’s one thing I can conclude from the article, it’s that spammers make good marketers. They may even be better than the professional legitimate ones because they really take the time to study “consumer” behavior, a skill that is severely lacking from professionals these days. So even if there’s a supposed decline, they still get some results at the end of the day. If only these spammers would turn toward the bright side, more businesses, particularly small ones, can achieve success online.

Nadina June 2, 2013

“Android malware has grown 2577% over 2012.” – This statement grabbed my attention as I am an avid Android user. This can be a confirmation of what one friend told me – that Android is a virtual haven for spammers. I have no idea why, although I am quite convinced by Augusto’s statement that it is an unsecured platform. Maybe the fact that it is an open source contributes to Android’s risky security image? I can’t afford to switch mobile phones at the moment, so I’ll just have to find a good anti-spam for my phone – and then pray!

  • (required)
  • (required)