22. February 2017

Threat situation for mobile devices worsens

G DATA publishes current Android malware statistics.

Around half of people use a smartphone or tablet to go online (source: Bitkom). The Android operating system is the most widely used on mobile devices and hence is a popular target of attack for cyber criminals. G DATA security experts once again recorded a negative record of 3,246,284 new Android malware files in 2016. This number is almost 40 percent up on the previous year. G DATA security experts will be providing information on the current security situation and solutions at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, from 27 February to 2 March 2017, Hall 6 Booth 6B40.

Almost 9,000 new Android malware instances every day

G DATA security experts identified 3,246,284 new malware apps for the Android operating system in 2016 as a whole, 1,523,019 of them in the second half of the year alone. This represents an increase of almost 40 percent compared to 2015 (2,333,777). On average, the experts detected around 9,000 Android malware files a day.

MWC 2017 G DATA security topics

  • What are the major threats for smartphones and tablets? What can users do to protect themselves effectively?
  • Internet of Things: Which attack scenarios are already reality and what can we expect in the coming year?
  • Free WLANs under scrutiny: What damage can attackers wreak here? What must Internet users be on the lookout for?

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