Thursday, August 25, 2011

Android OS Malware Increases

According to a report by McAfee, malware targeted at Android devices was up over 75% as compared to the past quarter. It is surprising to not see iOS listed in the chart below, the argument used to be that Apple platforms weren't popular enough to get attention by malware developers.

“This year we’ve seen record-breaking numbers of malware, especially on mobile devices, where the uptick is in direct correlation to popularity,” said Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs. “Overall attacks are becoming more stealth and more sophisticated, suggesting that we could see attacks that remain unnoticed for longer periods of time. High-profile hacktivist groups have also changed the landscape by drawing a line between attacks for personal gain and attacks meant to send a message.”

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