DHS and FBI Say Android Mobile Primary Target for Malware Attacks
Cyber criminals are drawn to Android's market share and open source architecture, as well as the fact that a large percentage of users -- 44 percent -- are still running Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3 through 2.3.7), a much older version of Android compared to Jelly Bean.
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The report is labeled as unclassified and for official use only with a note indicating it's intended for police, fire, EMS, and security personnel. It was put together last month but only recently posted by Public Intelligence. According to the report, Android is the target of 79 percent of all mobile malware, followed by Symbian at 19 percent. The rest -- iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and all remaining platforms -- each are targets of less than 1 percent of mobile malware.
Text messaging Trojans represent almost half of the malicious apps circulating today on older Android builds. Rootkits are also a problem, as are fake Google Play domains that serve up infected applications.