Mac and Android malware on the rise, reports show

New research suggest that malware for the two device families has spiked over the past year

Malware targeting macOS and Android devices has risen sharply in the last year, according to new research from security company Malwarebytes.

Detection rates of Android ransomware in particular has more than doubled over the course of a single quarter, rising by 137% from Q1 to Q2 2017, the study showed. Similarly, more Mac-based malware was detected in Q2 2017 than the whole of last year combined.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Malware on Android is hardly anything new Google's mobile operating system has been plagued by a series of successful, high-profile malware campaigns, including the Gooligan, Stagefright and Judy outbreaks.

The rise of malware targeting Macs has come as a shock to some, however. Apple computers have a reputation for being more secure than Windows machines, leading many to (incorrectly) dub them unhackable'.

"Mac threats are not taken seriously enough in the security community today," said Malwarebytes' director of Mac and mobile, Thomas Reed. "Adware and potentially unwanted programs are becoming a major problem for Mac users. Some very popular apps have been known to carry these threats and despite protections in place, the App Store is not immune to these threats."

"For example, the recent Proton Remote Access Trojan that plagued Mac users fooled many experienced, security-minded people who became infected. This perpetuates a crucial lesson that, despite what many Mac users think, they are not safe even if they are careful about what they download."

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

In order to combat these rising threats, Malwarebytes has today announced two new products - Malwarebytes for Mac and Malwarebytes for Android.

"Windows devices are no longer the sole victims of damaging malware attacks, as strategic attacks on Android devices are rapidly on the rise," said Armando Orozco, senior mobile malware intelligence analyst at Malwarebytes. "All Android users need to remain alert and proactively guard their identity and data on the go, just as they do on their computers at home."

Featured Resources

The case for a marketing content hub

Transform your digital marketing to deliver customer expectations

Download now

Fast, flexible and compliant e-signatures for global businesses

Be at the forefront of digital transformation with electronic signatures

Download now

Why CEOS should care about the move to SAP S/4HANA

And how they can accelerate business value

Download now

IT faces new security challenges in the wake of COVID-19

Beat the crisis by learning how to secure your network

Download now
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/android/28295/how-to-unroot-android
Google Android

How to unroot Android

22 Apr 2020
Visit/security/phishing/355810/zloader-malware-returns-as-a-coronavirus-phishing-scam
phishing

ZLoader malware returns as a coronavirus phishing scam

27 May 2020
Visit/security/hacking/355806/anarchygrabber-hack-steals-discord-tokens-ids-and-passwords
hacking

AnarchyGrabber hack steals Discord tokens, IDs and passwords

27 May 2020
Visit/security/hacking/355801/scammers-using-coronavirus-contact-tracing-in-hacking-attempt
hacking

Scammers leverage contact-tracing in hacking attempt

27 May 2020

Most Popular

Visit/infrastructure/server-storage/355785/dell-emc-poweredge-r7525-review-an-epyc-core-density-to-make
Server & storage

Dell EMC PowerEdge R7525 review: An EPYC core density to make Intel weep

26 May 2020
Visit/infrastructure/network-internet/355792/intel-releases-wi-fi-and-bluetooth-driver-updates-for
Network & Internet

Intel releases Wi-Fi and Bluetooth driver updates for Windows 10

26 May 2020
Visit/operating-systems/microsoft-windows/355781/microsoft-confirms-further-issues-with-troublesome
Microsoft Windows

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update is causing yet more issues

26 May 2020