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97% of new mobile malware targets Android

Tuesday, November 12th 2013 by Dean Reilly
97% of new mobile malware targets Android

The overwhelming majority of mobile malware threats detected in the third quarter of 2013 target Android, according to F-Secure.

Some 97 per cent of newly discovered mobile trojans, hacks and exploits target Android, according to a recent report from F-Secure.

In the company's latest Mobile Threat Report, covering the third quarter of 2013, a total of 259 malware families were detected - 252 of which affected Google's Linux-based operating system.

The other seven hit Symbian, Nokia's aging mobile software ecosystem, with each of Androids' biggest competitors - Apple's iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone - posting zero new threats for the quarter.

Over the course of 2012, the number of harmful programs found to target Google's operating system has steadily risen. Between January and March, 153 threats were detected, rising to 205 in the second quarter. Conversely iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone remained malware-free.

Almost nine in ten (88 per cent) of the threats discovered during the three-month period were trojans, the majority of which were designed to intercept SMS messages used to authenticate access to users' bank accounts.

In light of its findings, F-Secure made a list of recommendations for Android users, advising that they should download apps from the Google Play store alone and pay close attention to their permission requests.

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