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article imageMcAfee says Android has most malware, malicious attacks

By Stephanie Medeiros     Aug 24, 2011 in Technology
McAfee released a report on Tuesday stating that Google's Android mobile operating system has seen a dramatic rise in malware attacks compared to other devices.
While second quarter remained rather successful for Android, there is one bit of information software security company McAfee revealed: Android has the highest rate of malware and the biggest jump in identified malware at 76 percent, reports CNET.
Android also passed Nokia's Symbian as the highest attacked mobile operating system, becoming the top mobile operating system to be targeted.
About 44 different attacks were discovered on Android by McAfee, reports PC Magazine, while Symbian saw four. BlackBerry also only found four and Apple's iOS was reported with zero attacks. However, jailbroken iPhone's saw a higher increase in malware attacks.
McAfee found 12 million new and unique types of malicious software within the first part of the year, which is a 22 percent increase compared to a year ago. As smartphones start to become many users main method to check information-sensitive data, there is growing concern of malicious attacks on mobile platforms.
McAfee wrote, "...The rapid rise in Android malware in Q2 indicates that the platform could become an increasing target for cybercriminals, affecting everything from calendar apps, to comedy apps to SMS messages to a fake Angry Birds updates."
The Android app market is not monitored by Google and once an app is published to the Android Marketplace, it is considered "open," in keeping with Google's open development policy, which is a stark contrast to competitor Apple's reported draconian regulations for app developers.
Lookout Mobile Security has more information on mobile threats that can be viewed here.
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