Published on August 28th, 2013 | by Patrick Doyle


79% Of Mobile Malware Targets Android

According to a Public Intelligence post citing an FBI memo, 79% of all mobile phone malware threats are targeted at the Android operating system. The memo notes that 44% of all Android users are still using the outdated “Gingerbread” 2.3.3 to 2.3.7 versions of the OS on their phones. Vulnerabilities found in those versions have been fixed in later versions.

Malware attacks may take several forms but the three most common methods of infection on Android are SMS Trojans that automatically send premium rate texts, tracking Rootkits that record information such as passwords and fake Google Play domains that trick users into downloading malicious software.

Nokia’s Symbian OS was the second most targeted by malware at 19%. By comparison, Blackberry and Windows Mobile OS were each targeted by only 0.3% of malware, while Apple’s iOS had just 0.7% of threats.

The high level of Android malware may be down to its popularity as phones using the OS account for around 80% of the marketshare, compared to Apple which has just over 13% of the market.




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