2 million ways to attack Android in 2016
March 3, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
On many occasions, giants can have feet of mud. This saying, which can extend to almost all areas in which we operate during the day to day, also affects the technology sector and consumer electronics where, in many cases, success does not only come from the number of units sold from a specific model and its reception by users. As we have mentioned on other occasions, consumers demand more complete devices not only in terms of their physical characteristics or in terms of their functions, but also in terms of security, which ends up being a key element because currently, all We have thousands of photographs and data stored on tablets and smartphones and that under no circumstances do we want them to be used by third parties.
Android It is the operating system with more presence in the world and the softwares that occupy the second and third positions, iOS and Windows respectively, maintain a quota that if compared with the first, is almost residual. This fact makes the software created by those of Mountain View seem very attractive to hackers and other groups that create thousands of threats for portable media and that, if not intercepted in time, can wreak havoc on millions of terminals. But how many really exist and why are they mostly directed against the green robot? Here we tell you more about all the security vulnerabilities that we can find in the most used interface.
According GData, a company specialized in Internet security, the number of existing threats today against Android amounts to more than 2.3 million. This amount has increased exponentially in the last four years, going from just over 3,800 in 2011 until the million and a half of 2014. In the last quarter of last year, more than 750,000 new threats against this operating system emerged.
Why this increase?
The creators of this study on the existing threats against users of Android establish a relationship between the increase in the actions we can take through our tablets and smartphones with the increase in vulnerabilities that have been created in recent months against the software. Currently, the increase in the number of applications available, which continues to grow day by day, makes the creators of malware and malicious elements focus on the infection of devices through these platforms. However, there is also a rebound from the banking apps, since the popularity that financial transactions are acquiring through devices, also makes them the perfect target for cyber attacks that if before they focused on the theft of content such as photographs or personal information, now we can also observe scams or robberies.
The Internet of things, the other objective
The fact of being able to unite all the devices that we use in our daily life, has meant a revolution that aims to revolutionize the habits of millions of people in the coming years. The change is taking place at such speed, according to Gartner, in 2016 there will be more than 6,000 million interconnected terminals, almost 1 for each inhabitant of the planet. But the figure is not there because by 2020 more than 30,000 million devices are expected. An amount that increases the number of attacks directed against these supports.
What will happen in 2016?
According to GData, during this year, there will be a increase of threats directed against Android. New ones will be developed malwares that will have a clear objective: Go towards bank accounts of users although other traditional crimes such as phishing will continue to exist. However, not everything is shadows since currently, both the developers of applications such as the firms themselves, are reinforcing the security measures In this circumstance. On the other hand, there are a lot of tools such as antivirus and filters that help protect us against risks.
How to react?
Most of these malicious objects do not end up having a big impact on their objectives and many are intercepted before they go into action. However, as we have mentioned on other occasions, protection and common sense are key to avoiding shocks and being victims of such harmful actions. A good antivirus and downloading only applications from trusted sites are key.
After knowing the data on the vulnerabilities to which Android is exposed and what are the main objectives of its creators, do you think it is an excessive amount that the creators of the software should try to reduce with all the means at their disposal or do you believe without However, that in most cases, they are elements without any impact and that only at specific times can they be harmful to users? You have at your disposal more related information such as the most recent viruses found as well as a list of security measures that you can take into account when using your tablets and smartphones.