SECURITY VENDOR McAfee has reported that malware attacking Google's Android operating system has increased in the last three months.
Google's immensely popular Android operating system has become a target for malware authors as its popularity means that developers have the widest possible audience. McAfee is reporting that the most of malware threats it has seen in the past quarter were on Android, with Java Micro Edition the second most popular among malware authors.
McAfee said in a statement, "In the second quarter of 2011, Android OS-based malware surpassed Symbian OS for the most popular target for mobile malware developers. While Symbian OS and Java ME remain the most targeted to date, 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 fake Angry Birds updates."
Apple fanbois will look at the report as a vindication of Steve Jobs' locked down approach to IOS. McAfee's report does not show a single IOS threat, and while there are significantly fewer devices that run IOS compared to Android, given its popularity, for McAfee not to find a single instance of malware is impressive.
Google's Android operating system has always promoted its openness and in particular the ability for users to install applications onto devices from multiple application stores. However if the security threat to Android devices continues to grow at the rate McAfee claims, then users might start to consider Apple's locked down IOS devices. µ
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