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Report: Malware Targeting Android Smartphones on the Rise

This is a Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 file photo of a woman as she passes an installation with curved screens, displayed by Samsung at the consumer electronic fair IFA in Berlin, Germany. Europe’s flagship gadget show, the IFA in Berlin, opens its doors to the public on Friday Sept. 4, 2015 . Almost 1,500 companies and over 250 000 people are expected to visit the event, which runs through Sept. 9. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
This is a Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 file photo of a woman as she passes an installation with curved screens, displayed by Samsung at the consumer electronic fair IFA in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

BERLIN (AP) — Malicious software targeting smartphones with the Android operating system is becoming more common, with some handsets already infected when they’re bought.

A report by German security firm G DATA found that the samples containing such malware had increased by 25 percent in the second quarter compared with the first three months of the year.

The company’s 10th such report, released Wednesday, found that analysts could identify a new strain of malware every 14 seconds.

It says some phones by manufacturers such as Huawei and Xiaomi contain modified apps designed to spy on users or display advertising.

G DATA spokesman Christian Lueg says the phones appear to have been installed by middlemen, but in tracing the source “we lost the trail in China.”

Users can detect the malware with free software.

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