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Lightning strike more likely than mobile malware

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    The threat of mobile malware infection is substantially overblown, according to a new report, with a typical user more likely to be hit by lightning than be infected.

    According to mobile security vendor Damballa, which monitors about half of all mobile data traffic in the U.S., just 9,688 phones -- out of a total of 151 million -- showed signs of active infection.

    That's a rate of 0.0064 percent.

    Meanwhile, the lifetime odds of being struck by lightning are 0.008 percent, according to the National Weather Service, or 25 percent higher.

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    Not only is the infection rate low, but it's also falling.

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