Android Mobile Malware on The Rise

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By Brian Mossop

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Mobile malware increased 155% in 2011, and 614% from March 2012 to March 2013, according to CNET and a white paper by Juniper Networks.

Most smartphone hacks –92%, in fact – aimed for the Android platform. Data suggest that 77% of threats could have be eliminated if users were running the most current version of the operating system, which patches security threats using system updates.

The fact that phones running iOS rarely get malware is not due to increased security in Apple’s mobile products. Rather, it simply means that cyber criminals focus on the more prevalent Android platform, which is expected to run on 1 billion phones by 2017.

 

[H/T CNet]