1,000+ Android smartphones targeted by hackers every day in UK

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Q1 2016 figures from anti-virus firm 360 Security found 86.83 per cent of UK users were subject to “malicious” attacks, above global average of 76.14 per cent

More than 1,000 Android users are subject to an attempted hack on a daily basis in the UK, according to anti-virus provider 360 Security.

The software firm carried out research into the number of attacks carried out against Android users during the first three months of 2016. It found 86.83 per cent of the attacks carried out were “malicious charge” attacks, significantly higher than the global average of 76.14 per cent.

A malicious charge attack causes additional costs to be added by stealth onto the consumer’s smartphone bill. Other activity can include downloading large files without notifying the user, sending premium rate SMS messages, and operating click fraud schemes whereby a specific pay-per-click web page is opened every time the phone is unlocked.

“Most people only think of viruses and Trojans attacking PC desktops and laptops, but the truth is that mobile phones are increasingly becoming a target for hackers”, said 360 Security brand manager Jean-Baptiste Carpentier.

“Given that we now use them for online banking, shopping, booking tickets, sending personal information and much more, this is not surprising. Most of us are already aware of the need to install anti-virus software on a new PC desktop or laptop, but the high security risks of mobile phones are only now becoming recognised.”

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