Chinese mobile security provider NetQin's Cloud Security Center recently released its December 2010 Report on Mobile Phone Security. NetQin detected 2,517 mobile viruses to date, with 1,664 new viruses found in 2010, up 195% YoY, with new viruses in December totaling 151.
NetQin's Cloud Security mobile anti-virus service had a total of more than 3 mln handset users, including nearly 40% affected by malware and the number infected by viruses reaching 110,000. Mobile "Zombie" viruses, which surreptitiously run up data usage fees or subscribe to wireless value-added services, were most common, accounting for approximately 39% of infections.
The report points out that in December, Android smartphones accounted for 7.3% of total infections, becoming a breeding ground for mobile phone Trojan viruses. Symbian remained the most infected platform at 64.7% of total infections, while Java 2 Platform Micro Edition (J2ME) ranked second, with an infection rate of 27.3%.
In December, the primary vector for virus transmission was Internet downloads.