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Google Android malware threat on the up

An incredible 92 per cent of all mobile malware attacks are made on Google Android phones.

That’s according to a new report from Juniper Research, which also says that malware on mobile has risen by a colossal 614 per cent since March last year.

The numbers make particularly gruesome reading for Google. Juniper claims that widespread Android fragmentation has meant that the Big G cannot rollout uniform security updates across its OS, with the result that malicious hackers can access its handsets more easily.

What’s more, the rise of third-party app stores is making it harder than ever for Google to police which apps are making it onto Android. That means hackers have another easy way to attack Google handsets.

Tellingly, iOS is barely mentioned, with Symbian accounting for the other eight per cent of attacks.

Google’s approach has meant handset manufacturers can tweak the OS to their heart’s content, but security is apparently being compromised in the process.

Another recent report by F Secure, revealed last month, came up with identical figures.



Article source: http://www.uswitch.com/mobiles/news/2013/06/google_android_malware_on_the_up/

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