NEWS FROM THE LAB - Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Commwarrior sightings and some mobile malware statistics Posted by Jarno @ 12:52 GMT

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Lately we have received increasing number of queries about just how many known mobile malwares are out there. So we decided to do some statistics on how many cases we have seen and how frequent the cases actually are.

Currently the total count of known malware is 87 of which 82 run on Symbian series 60 platform.

Symbian malware is the vast majority in all mobile malware, but in our opinion this is not because Symbian would be any more insecure compared to other mobile platforms. The large number just shows how popular Symbian devices are, and thus they are the most interesting target for malware authors.

F-Secure Mobile Anti-Virus has been able to handle 61 (74%) cases of Symbian malware with generic detection. Which means that the Anti-Virus has been able to detect and stop the malware without needing database updates. Which in turn means that the user has been protected even before we have received the first sample.

Also we have received new reports about Commwarrior infections in new countries:

1. Ireland
2. India
3. Oman
4. Italy
5. Philippines
6. Finland
7. Greece
8. South Africa
9. Malaysia