Lookout Mobile Threat Tracker

Lookout has released a neat new application this morning -- Mobile Threat Tracker.  What it does is tell you where and when users running Lookout have came across malware in their mobile devices. How it does it is the cool part -- the results are updated hourly, and when you start the app you get an animated timeline where individual malware "hits" are represented as tiny shafts of light zooming to the reported location on a globe.  If you've ever played a global thermo-nuclear war simulation on an old PC, it looks pretty much like that -- which means it's cool as heck.

Interesting visuals aside, the app answers some questions many of us have about Lookout and mobile security in general.  At a glance you can see how many mobile threats there really are and where they are concentrated.  The information button shows you the top three current threats, and tapping on their entries tells you a bit about what they are doing and why Lookout marks them as malware.  

If you're a security researcher, or anyone who has to keep track of mobile security issues, or just curious, head past the break where we've got some screenshots and a download link.

Lookout Mobile Threat Tracker  Lookout Mobile Threat Tracker

Lookout Mobile Threat Tracker  Lookout Mobile Threat Tracker

 
There are 18 comments

dethduck says:

Can't wait till they start employing the scare tactics that the desktop AV apps use...

Oh wait.

kandiman1224 says:

That is my initial thought....

icebike says:

Exactly.

No where do they even mention that Lookout has never found any malware first, they only block things that have long since been pulled from the market.

Even when the same exploit is sneaked back into another market app, lookout won't find that app either. It doesn't do detailed internal scanning of apps, all it does is hash lookups for a few things that are bundled inside the .apk.

kandiman1224 says:

Ive gotten avast due to the wonderful job it does on my computer, Although it is nice to see what this app is actually protecting aggainst.

bigcatman says:

Pretty soon people will be bringing their smartphones into computer shops for virus removal. And then OEMs will partner with Norton and McAfee and start trudging down smartphone performance with their resource-heavy applications like they do on desktops. Tis' a sad, sad day.

Rigelian says:

Funny thing. My wife, who until very recently used a Windows PC didn't believe in virus protectors. In the last two years she's had two. One a particularly nasty variety that took me hours to remove. I told her she was going to have to remove the next one on her own unless she got some form of antivirus program and updated it appropriately.

The problems of viruses isn't a myth. To continue to act like it is is folly.

planet_x says:

The problem is that your PC<>Phone so quit comparing the two.

It is a myth on phones...ALL phones....Its complete and utter nonsense to buy any av product for your phone and its pretty close to that for the average web users at home. For pc's its more to protect the PC from the stupid user than anything else.

bigcatman says:

Actually, the more people adopt smartphones, the more incentive hackers have to develop malware for them. Think about it: the only reason Linux and Mac's don't get the volume of malware that Windows machines get is the user base. Windows still holds 85%+ of the market, thus more schlubs. All it takes is one click, and 9 times out of 10, they make that click. Uneducated users = mayhem, and the smartphone market is ripe for the picking for these hackers. And don't tell me Linux is more secure than Windows, because these people do this for a living, and they find loopholes.

Think about it, a lot of people flash ROMs on a daily basis. All it takes is one person to have bad intentions and release a ROM that inserts a keylogger. Since your phone is pretty much always connected to the net in one form or another, your security is non-existant.

So before you tell me PC<>Phone, think first. It's rapidly moving towards being a PC for a lot of people.

icebike says:

Ah, the old Steve Balmer argument of "Its Hacked because its Popular" nonsense.

How was the Koolaid?

Clue: Windows is hacked because its EASY, not because its popular and not because its lucrative.

Lancer033 says:

your phone IS a computer. You can get viruses/malware. Lookout also has some nice features for finding or wiping your phone when you lose it. I would have for someone to have access to all of the personal data that's in my phone.

Commodus says:

Doesn't this app kind of hurt Lookout's case and Google's alike? If anything, it'd spook you about the Android platform, not make you sign up for AV software.

And the kicker is that there aren't (yet, at least) many Android viruses, and most users won't see any of them anytime soon, if at all. Exaggerating the threat could just hurt everybody.

Unibrow says:

this app is showing you where people have installed lookout, not showing you where lookout has found a virus.

Gkins3 says:

The threats are on the next screen. Click the "i"

DrDoppio says:

That's a DIY malware: install a program you don't need, so that it can hog your system resources.

antivirus is pointless IMO. if its something new, its going to be undetected. and still mess everything up. best thing to do is, be smart, and back everything up. i have not had a virus in 7 years. and the last time i had one i actually had norton. now i dont have one, and I'm always ready to format. I do so every 6 months to a year anyway. same with the phone if everything is in the cloud just be ready to flash it. granted that getting a virus on the PC might be less of a problem then on a phone. your phone can make charges, your PC doesnt have quick access to that power, it takes a bit more.

robotaholic says:

I continually get calls from nutters who worry about their phone getting viruses or being hacked. It is all BS. This application sucks and has caused so many ppl to call in to Sprint over NOTHING. F this program and the overbearing paranoia it creates.

shawnsdada says:

Anyone who actually follows security news in the PC world would know that Windows is actually considered the most secure. Linux comes in second and Apple has the worst. Anyone who says otherwise is clueless. Windows has the most issues because it has the biggest userbase. Plain and simple truth. Now that smartphones are becoming mire like PC's, it WILL become a bigger target and with Android grabbing soo many users, nasty viruses and malware will become a huge issue. Anything made by man can be broken by man. Some of you just can't admit thi and others (which think they're experts in security) have no clue what they're talking about.

abhi2nahi4 says:

I can't believe that readers of this blog can be so oblivious to the security scene. Do a research on the internet and you'll find that Windows is the most secure amongst all three OSes. It's more exposed because of its user-base across the world.