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China, Ukraine And Saudi Arabia See Record Growth In Malware Threats In 2013, According To NQ Mobile Mid-Year Report

DALLAS and BEIJING, July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a new security report released today by NQ Mobile, Inc. (NYSE: NQ), a leading global provider of mobile Internet services, 51,000 new mobile malware threats were identified in the first half of 2013, infecting an estimated 21 million mobile devices.

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Highlights of report include:
  • The top five most infected markets in 2013 along with their respective share of the world's mobile infected devices were China (31.71 percent), Russia (17.15 percent), India (10.38 percent), USA (6.53 percent) and Thailand (6.04 percent)
  • China continued to be the leading market for infected mobile devices with over 6.7 million infected devices – a 43 percent increase from 1Q to 2Q 2013.
  • Ukraine saw the most dramatic increase, growing 485 percent from 1Q to 2Q 2013 . Russia and Ukraine together now account for almost 20 percent of the world's mobile infections
  • Mobile infections in Saudi Arabia grew 28.46 percent from 1Q to 2Q 2013
  • The Southeast Asia countries of Indonesia, Malaysia Thailand and Vietnam all made the top 10 most infected market list. When combined, these countries make up 12.01 percent of the world's total mobile malware infections
  • India and the United States saw the most dramatic reductions in total malware infections – with 88 and 63 percent decreases, respectively, from 1Q to 2Q 2013
  • The top three methods for delivering malware in 2013 continue to be app repackaging[i], malicious URLs[ii], and smishing[iii]

"Our midyear report shows that although we discovered 51,000 new mobile malware threats, infection rates continue be very unpredictable and highly localized," said Omar Khan, Co-CEO, NQ Mobile. "And as evidenced by the Bill Shocker[iv] malware we discovered in January which infected over 600,000 mobile devices, it takes just one successful piece of malware to create a local malware epidemic. Our best advice to consumers around the world continues:
  • download apps only from trusted app marketplaces
  • be careful when responding to or clicking links in SMS messages
  • install a trusted mobile security solution on your mobile device."

To view a full copy of NQ Mobile's 2013 Midyear Mobile Security Report, including charts and additional information on malware discoveries, please visit

Research Methodology

NQ Mobile's 2013 midyear security report is based on insights from NQ Mobile's Security Labs, as well as data collected from NQ Mobile's global malware database, scanning engines and its network of hundreds of millions of registered users. NQ Mobile Security Labs is a team of over 250 mobile security professionals around the world who proactively monitor the mobile landscape for new malware threats and mobile hacking methods.

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