Quick Heal report reveals rise in the number of Ransomware & Adware across Android and Windows platforms
Quick Heal in its Threat Reports for the first quarter of the year 2015, forecasted that the threat of pre-installed software on machines would be a common source of spreading Adware in the next quarter and even the newly purchased machines would carry the risk of malware.
The reports further talks about how IT security is a constantly evolving domain and backs it up with the growing numbers of malware samples detected. It lists out the top malware threats, samples and upcoming trends of both Windows and Android platforms. Even trusted sources of programs and applications can open doors for malware into systems.
Sanjay Katkar, CTO, Quick Heal Technologies, said, “We have, over the years, witnessed an increasing number of Ransomware and Adware cases across both Android and Windows platforms. In recent times, Ransomware has evolved some more with the help of different file formats and social engineering tricks that are being used to increase its reach and impact.”
The Key findings of the Quick Heal Threat Report Q1 – 2015 – Android
Android Adware continued to be the dominant force of samples with a 59% share in the detected sample variants
17 new variants of Android Adware detected. This highlights that Android users need to be wary of unwanted ads on their devices
The most prominent Android sample from Q1 was Android.Airpush.G, which is a form of Android Adware
Quick Heal Threat Research Labs received 4,30,000 Android samples each month in the first quarter of 2015 which is a 185% increase from the same time last year
The samples included 158 new families of Android malware and 212 new variants of existing Android malware families