McAfee: Android in The Biggest Target For Malware, And It's Getting Worse [Silicon Alley Insider]
The latest quarterly report from Internet security firm McAfee regarding threats to technology contains some bad news for Google's Android operating system. There appears to be a significant jump in the amount of malware attacks occuring on Android.
Over the past three months, Android has climbed from third place to first on the list of platforms most frequently attacked by malware. Often these malware attacks are hidden in apps and do not appear to be problematic on their face. What often happens is a developer clones another app and infects it with malware before uploading it to the Android Market.
The malware files that McAfee lists as the most common are Jmsonez, Smsmecap.A, DroidKungFu, and DrdDreamLite.
Java, Symbian, and Blackberry were next on this month's McAfee report. Apple's iOS malware susceptibility was so low that they were not included.