The growing threat of mobile malware: Top Android malware families of 2012

The open-source nature of the Android platform is its biggest strength and Achilles heel at the same time. Android handsets constituted almost 72% of global smartphone sales in Q3 2012 and 1.3 million Android devices are activated worldwide every single day. This is a staggering market share that Android enjoys but this brings with it the risks of viruses, phishing attacks and other malicious software.

Quick Heal’s Research & Development Center receives about 500 Android malware samples on a daily basis. Mobile malware modification saw an 80% increase in 2012 and a 30% overall growth in mobile malware as compared to 2011.

The nature of these malware samples varies considerably from desktop malware since the features and functions of smartphones are in stark contrast. Smartphone users store a lot of personal data on the devices that they carry with them at all times. Unfortunately, public awareness about these aspects is still in its infancy.

Quick Heal Mobile Threats Report (Global) shows that SMS Trojans accounted for 38% of all threats. Other Trojan variations constituted a considerable 21% of all malware families. Apart from these, we also found modifications of Rooters, Adware, Backdoors and Spyware.

Android Malware Types

Top 10 Android malware families detected in 2012
Here is a list of the top 10 Indian Android malware that were received by our R&D center during 2012.

Android Malware Families

Malware Families

Description

Android.BoxerSms

This Trojan disguises itself as a popular app like Angry Birds or Skype and sends out messages to country specific premium-rate numbers in the background. It also poses as a defective download to fool victims into installing it multiple times.

Android.GingerMaster

This Trojan targets Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) and is found embedded with fake versions of popular games. Once installed, it gains root access and sends out confidential device information and downloads other malicious applications.

Android.Airpush

This adware links devices to aggressive advertising networks and displays ads at any time, especially in the notification area and in SMS messages. Airpush accompanies malicious apps and also reads browser bookmarks.

Android.Kungfu

Kungfu uses the GingerBreak exploit to gain root access of a device. It then traps the device in a botnet and hides itself with advanced polymorphic tricks. Once installed, it transmits crucial device information to remote servers.

Android.Leadbolt

Another form of adware that serves pornographic advertising. In addition to sending data like operator name and phone number to remote servers, it also creates unwanted shortcuts on the homescreen of the Android device.

Android.Kmin

This Trojan also transmits data like device IMEI, IMSI and other files to premium-rate numbers. It uses clever disguising tricks that utilize HTTP servers to avoid detection.

Android.BaseBridge

Before this Trojan transmits confidential device information and location data, it locates and disables popular security suites installed on the device. It also obtains root access and drops another malicious payload (Android.Anserver).

Android.GoldDream

GoldDream gets embedded with legitimate game apps that are altered. Once installed it creates logs of incoming and outgoing SMS messages and calls and shares this data with remote servers.

Android.Ksapp

This Trojan infects a device and opens a backdoor for other malicious software. All phone details are stored on a remote website.

Android.Plankton

Another aggressive adware that drops search icons on the homescreen, sets bookmarks, invades the notifications area, sets the home page for browsers and posts confidential data to remote servers.

Top 10 Global Android malware families

Position

Global Malware Families

1

Trojan.GGTracker

2

Trojan.Pjapps3.a

3

Trojan.SndApp.B

4

Trojan.DroidDream

5

Trojan.FakeNetFlix.a

6

BankingTrojan.FakeToken

7

Trojan.Dogowar

8

Trojan.Walkinwat

9

Trojan.DroidKungfu

10

Trojan.Cruise.Win

2013 threatens to bring a monumental rise in the overall growth of mobile malware numbers and modifications. Advanced attack techniques are constantly being devised by smartphone attackers and these will soon reach the mainstream market. With such large numbers of Android devices functioning all over the world, it is inevitable that attackers target these users. In 2013, people will carry out more financial transactions through their smartphones and also store more confidential information, thus increasing the risk factor. Unfortunately, many people feel that mobile security suites make their device slow and unresponsive. This user negligence will play into the hands of attackers as it will give them an unobstructed path to target their victims.

With the help of innovative social engineering techniques, malicious parties typically target Android devices with the sole intention of monetary benefits. More than 25 billion apps were downloaded from Google Play in 2012, and along with independent third-party application markets, this is the single biggest source of danger to Android device owners all around the world. With the right mobile phone security software, like Quick Heal Mobile Security, these threats can be successfully thwarted to ensure that your device and your data are completely secure.

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Ravi
Ravi
7 years ago

I am using QuickHeal from the past 3 years, I am very much satisfied with this, I hope my mobiles SONY ERICSSON W595 & SAMSUNG GALAXY S2 is included in the mobile scanning list. Use QUICK HEAL TOTAL SECURITY, BE SAFE

arvind desai
arvind desai
7 years ago

Hope all these threats were detected succesufly and taken care for all licence holders.
pl confirm.
arvind desai

Parimal
Parimal
7 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Thadani

I am unable to scan htc Wildfire S using QH Total Security 2013 as it can’t find the device. Please help.

SHRAVAN
SHRAVAN
7 years ago

I am using QuickHeal from the past 2 years, I am very much satisfied with this, I hope my mobiles MICROMAX X-263 & SAMSUNG GTS 5222 is included in the mobile scanning list. Use QUICK HEAL TOTAL SECURITY, BE SAFE
THANKING YOU

nitin
nitin
7 years ago

all virus are same effect in ice cream sand witch 4.0.4 version

or less effective compair to gigerbread 2.3.0 version
?

DR.PRASAD DONGARGAONKAR
DR.PRASAD DONGARGAONKAR
7 years ago

VERY USEFULL INFORMATION.ALL INFORMATION QUICK HEAL GIVES IS VERY VERY HELPFULL.THANKS TO QUICK HEAL FOR PROTECTING THEIR CUSTOMERS.

anshul jaiswal
anshul jaiswal
7 years ago

o.k.

anshul jaiswal
anshul jaiswal
7 years ago

thanks for guidence

P K Mohanty
P K Mohanty
7 years ago

VERY USEFUL INFORMATION.ALL INFORMATION REGARDING ANTIVIRUS QUICK HEAL GIVES IS VERY HELPFUL. THANKS TO QUICK HEAL FOR PROTECTING THEIR CUSTOMERS.

Anand Kumar
Anand Kumar
7 years ago

DEAR RAHUL,
I HAVE BEEN USING QH FOR PAST 2 OR 3 YEARS AND I AM FULLY SATISFIED WITH IT,THOUGH I HAVE A PROBLEM THAT MY PHONE[SONY XPERIA S]IS NOT INCLUDE IN THE MOBILE SCANNING LIST THEREFORE I AM NOT ABLE TO SCAN IT.IT WOULD BE HIGHLY HELPFUL IF MY PHONE IS INCLUDE IN THE LIST AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

THANKS.

Umesh Kaushal
Umesh Kaushal
7 years ago

Hi
I am using Quick Heal Total Security on my three systems successfully & renewed twice. I have purchased Sony Experia Neo L & purchased quick heal mobile security for that. Is it possible to use total security for mobile phone of above mentioned model?

Ashidh Baghel
Ashidh Baghel
7 years ago

i’m using gaurdian quikheal from past 1 year.
it is safe for android and my lappy.
thanks alot quicheal to protecting our gadets from viruses.

Mahendra Dalvi
Mahendra Dalvi
7 years ago

I am using Quickheal anti-virus protection on my laptop. How am i to protect the same my Samsung GT-6802 mobile and Dell desk-top using the same package?
I feel the above mobile is not included in your scanning list of mobile. Please advise.

Raju
Raju
7 years ago

how to scan Sony xpria x10 Mini Pro Mobile

Yogesh
Yogesh
7 years ago

I use quick heal on all of my desk-lap tops.

But I don’t use it for my Galaxy Tab2.

so far I’ve avoided any kind of financial transactions from Tab.
Can I use it for such secured transactions if I use QH for my TAB & how?

Thank You in advance, it was very useful information for us android users.

Yogesh.

Sudhanshu singh
Sudhanshu singh
7 years ago

i’m using gaurdian quikheal from past 1 year.
it is safe for android and my laptop & Desktop.
thanks alot quicheal to protecting our system from viruses.
Reply

Nikhil
Nikhil
7 years ago

Hi,
I am using Quick heal Total security 2013,and my mobile is Samsung galaxy s duos(dual sim),the problem is QHTS cannot recognize my phone to perfoem PC2Mobile scan

govind purohit
govind purohit
7 years ago

dear rahul
we r using QHTS Plus since last 5 years and satisfied with this in all manner also having galaxy s3 xperia miro and recently tipo my question is that our devices are safe with PC2Mobile scan or we need to something else

Vimal Kakkar
Vimal Kakkar
7 years ago

I am using Sony Xperia Tipo Dual. Is application for same available on Google Play. This Mobile is Not in List of Pc Version.

nihet
nihet
7 years ago

hello,,
I am happily using quick heal total security for past 2 years, no doubt it secures my lappy very efficiently, but it is unable to scan my android phone (micromax a101) this phone model is unavailable in pc to mobile scanner. kindly sort out this issue.

Raman
Raman
7 years ago

its good!!! and working properly…

Aneesh Kumar
Aneesh Kumar
7 years ago

How better is Quick Heal than Avast Antivirus in terms of Security on Android? I heard that avast is best for mobile phones, especially for those who download torrents on their mobile phone. Also, it is free. Can you describe, on what basis the Quick Heal Antivirus is better than avast, avg, norton, etc for my android and why should I spend money on it?

Tuhinkanti Dey
Tuhinkanti Dey
7 years ago

last day when i started my system, QuickHeal started scan and in my D Drive there were two file of 40 GB each with other files. after the scan the two files (40GB size) deleted. why this happened? how can i recovered the files. how can i protect my files from further such actions?

Anil Jain Gwalior (M.P.)
Anil Jain Gwalior (M.P.)
7 years ago

I am using this Guardian Antivirus fro
last three Years. I am satisfied from it. Thanks

MALLA RAM KUMAWAT
MALLA RAM KUMAWAT
7 years ago

My mobile name SONY ERICSSON ST18i is not in list of PC2Mobile scan

BT SAWANT
BT SAWANT
7 years ago

My Galaxy note 2 is not seen in mobile security list… please add the same.
Thanks..

Dr Mir Nisar Ahmad
Dr Mir Nisar Ahmad
7 years ago

Can i scan my Android phone SAMSUNG GALAXY S DUOS (S7562) with quick heal total security installed on my PC. OR suggest some alternate and permanent solution.

Manan
Manan
7 years ago

Hi
I am using quick heal for android Sony Tablet S & Lenovo P700I
Are My Devices Safe
My Tablet Is Lifetime Pack And Phone Contains 1 Year Pack

Pankaj
Pankaj
7 years ago

Can i scan my Nokia 2690 with quick heal antivirus pro on my PC. OR suggest some alternate and permanent solution.

prithavi
prithavi
7 years ago

can i get this for my symbian phone……

Aman kumar jain
Aman kumar jain
7 years ago

this is very strong action

Aman kumar jain
Aman kumar jain
7 years ago

I am using sumsang Dual. Is application for same available on Google Play.

Sunil
Sunil
7 years ago

I am using QuickHeal from the past 2 years, I am very much satisfied with this, I hope my mobiles samsang gt-s7562 is included in the mobile scanning list. Use QUICK HEAL TOTAL SECURITY, BE SAFE
THANKING YOU

Dhaval Patel
Dhaval Patel
7 years ago

My sony xperia neo l is not seen in mobile security list… please add the same.
Thanks..

Rajiv Singha
7 years ago
Reply to  Dhaval Patel

Hi Dhaval,

Kindly get in touch with our support at +91 927-22-33-000.

Regards,

Muttu
Muttu
7 years ago

Hi Rahul Thadani

I have sony laptop with legal OS and Legal quik heal total security.
now i purchased Samasung glaxy s 7562 moblile but i dont know how to scan it?
can u pls assist me?

with regards

Soumya Patnaik
7 years ago
Reply to  Muttu

Hi

Have you tried contacting our support at 0-927-22-33-000?

Regards,

AMIT JAIN
AMIT JAIN
7 years ago

HAVE BEEN USING QUIK HEAL TOTAL SECURITY FOR PAST FIVE YEARS AND I AM FULLY SATISFIED WITH IT,THOUGH I HAVE A PROBLEM THAT MY PHONE[SONY XPERIA U (ST25) NOT INCLUDE IN THE MOBILE SCANNING LIST THEREFORE I AM NOT ABLE TO SCAN IT.IT WOULD BE HIGHLY HELPFUL IF MY PHONE IS INCLUDE IN THE LIST AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

Rajiv Singha
7 years ago
Reply to  AMIT JAIN

Hello Amit,

Thank you for your support.

Kindly visit this page – https://www.quickheal.com/PC2Mobfrm. Here you can raise a request to Quick Heal Support, to provide the PC2Mobile support to your phone.

Regards,

Ashish Agarwal
Ashish Agarwal
7 years ago

I am using Total Security 2013 on Pc and wish to scan my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 “GT N7100”. As the model is not specifically listed in the list and from the earlier open reply, i have downloaded the Total security from Play Store for my phone, what is the activation process, is my current key of PC quick heal to be used?

Rajiv Singha
7 years ago
Reply to  Ashish Agarwal

Hello Ashish,

If you wish to scan your phone through Quick Heal Total Security on your PC, you can raise a request to receive the PC2Mobile Scan service, if the mobile is not mentioned in the list of supported devices. Follow this link for the same – https://www.quickheal.com/pc2mobfrm.

For assistance in the activation process, kindly contact our support team at 0-927-22-33-000. They will help you resolve the issue you are facing.

Regards,

Jitender
Jitender
6 years ago

I am using QHTS since last 3 years. I want to scan my mobile (SAMSUNG GT s5302). I am not able to find it in the mobile list. can you advise?

Rajiv Singha
6 years ago
Reply to  Jitender

Hi Jitender,

Thank you for choosing Quick Heal, and your continued patronage. Kindly follow the link given below to place request for the PC2Mobile Scan feature for your mobile device.

https://www.quickheal.com/pc2mobfrm

If you need any further assistance, kindly contact our support team at 0-927-22-33-000.
You can also raise a query at https://www.quickheal.com/submitticket.asp. Our support team will get back to you to resolve the issue you are facing.

Regards,

Rahul Adhikary
Rahul Adhikary
6 years ago

I have Samsung galaxy GT-S7562 and when I am trying to scan my mobile through my computer’s quick heal total security its not getting my cell model number. So please some one tell me how can I scan my mobile by quick heal

Mayank
Mayank
6 years ago

I am using Quick Heal Total Security 2012 on my Laptop.
I want to scan my Samsung S7562 with this, but this model is not listed in the list provided in QH mobile scan.
What should be done to scan my mobile????

Mayank
Mayank
6 years ago

Samsung S7562 is launched more than 1.5 year ago. When it will be included in list of QH Total Security 2012?

tara mehta
tara mehta
6 years ago

if we dont want to install the quivk heal app frm google play, watelse we can do to remove virus frm sony xperia tipo. plz help

Niraj kanani
Niraj kanani
6 years ago

HI,

Pls mobile is for(SONY XPERIA U)Quick Heal why is not usb net!!!!!!!!!!

Mobile want to is (SONY XPERIA U)Quick Heal ur usb okay?????

Pls reply fast comment ok????

Thank You!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

somraj
somraj
5 years ago

i have quickhealtotal security but i cant see my mobile note2 on my pc to scan.
will i have to buy quick heal mobile total or note 2 wont even show in that. note 2is quite a popular mobile around from a long time. it should be on the list of total security.

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