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More than 70,000 devices infected every day: report

Staff writer, with CNA

An average of 72,000 mobile devices were infected each day with various types of malware over the past year in Taiwan, according to a report released by Cheetah Global Lab.

This year’s Taiwan mobile security report shows that between June 8 last year and May 8, the number of malware variants appearing in Taiwan increased by 31.36 percent to 733.

Over that period, the number of mobile devices infected by malware increased by 27.66 percent to an average of 72,000 per day, the report said.

The highest number of infections was in Taipei, accounting for 49 percent of the total, said Cheetah Lab, which was founded by Cheetah Mobile (CM), the world’s leading mobile security and utility app developer.

It said an average 25 percent of Taiwanese users of CM Security AppLock AntiVirus, which was developed by Cheetah Mobile for the Android platform, received telephone calls from strangers and about 57 percent of the users received fraudulent telephone calls every day.

On average, each CM Security user in Taiwan received 1.5 fraudulent phone calls per day, which signaled a proliferation of telecommunication fraud in Taiwan, the report said.

Quan Jing, head of Cheetah Global Lab, said the growth of telecommunication fraud in Taiwan was linked to the rapid development of mobile Internet and the high penetration rate of mobile devices in the nation.

The rapid development of mobile Internet in Taiwan has also made it a great market for mobile app developers and prompted them to constantly launch new products, Quan said, adding that the situation has given rise to the opportunity for viral proliferation.

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