I just cant believe it that more and more news about Androids users being the victim of malware attacks or maybe worse it could also be a virus attack.
According to Amy Gahran editor in the CNN.com mentioned . As Android devices get more popular (today comScore reports Android phones comprise 40% of the U.S. smartphone market), they're becoming a more attractive target for cybercriminals. If you use an Android smartphone, you are now 2.5 times more likely to encounter malware (malicious software) than you were six months ago. I thought to myself "2.5 time more likely to encounter malware?" this is dead serious, imagine hackers hacked into you smartphone and steal what ever information you in your phone including what ever sites your are mostly frequently access and steals a lot of private information that can be used to harm you, or even worse your family.
These attacked has been long existed even in the Desktop world, but as the attacked occurred there is always a cure where software security giant would find a solution to minimized the damage as technology evolve where we are moving towards internet on the move or internet mobile or internet mobility though these technology will bring us as users the convenience to interact online, to complete a banking transaction every where at anytime and many more, but these conveniences is also benefited to every cyber criminals available everywhere around us. thus making user an easy target.
How can mobile malware harm you? First of all, cybercriminals can rack up charges to your phone bill through "carrier billing," a payment option that wireless carriers are increasingly pushing -- and which Google is starting to make possible for Android market app purchases. Malware also can sign you up for "premium SMS" text messaging services.
Infected phones also can become part of a "botnet," which means your phone could be used without your knowledge as part of a larger attack scheme. This can also drive up your data traffic, which can push you toward your data plan's cap faster.
On the bright side, Android's openness has made it easier for vendors to offer cheaper smartphones (especially without costly two-year contracts) to a much broader consumer market. On the downside, Android's openness also makes it especially susceptible to malware.
Users of Apple and BlackBerry mobile devices are not immune to mobile security threats. But the closed nature of those platforms does make it harder for cybercriminals to infiltrate those devices with malware.