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An Exploratory Analysis in Android Malware Trends

By Chelsea Hicks and Glenn Dietrich


As smartphones become increasingly integral to our daily lives, so too is the prevalence of malware for smartphones. This is because while mobile phones used to only function as portable phones, today\u27s mobile phones are now miniature computers. This means that risks that used to only be for computers are now risks for our smartphones as well. As a result, a research stream dedicated to understanding whats unique about smartphone malware has emerged. In this study, we analyze malware characteristics from a non-technical view, unlike previous studies. Previous studies analyze the actual code and execution of malware, while we take advantage of anti-virus companies analysis of malware already conducted, and instead analyze these analyses. We do this to discover trends that are emerging in smartphone malware, such that anti-virus companies can give these trends greater priority to researching and discovering these malware

Publisher: AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Year: 2016
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