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Android Dominates the Market… IN MOBILE MALWARE!

Android Dominates the Market… IN MOBILE MALWARE!

By: Hillel Fuld

Enough has been said about the famous debate between Apple and Microsoft and then Apple and Google. The question of whether an OS, mobile or PC, should be open or closed, licensed or proprietary, walled in or let loose has been going on for decades. There is no right answer. Both models work and both models achieve their goals, which are actually very different.

One thing is for sure. If you want to keep your system cleaner from viruses or malware, closed is the way to go. Of course, you can also give your users' the freedom to have an open OS and install anti virus or malware software that will keep the system clean and protected.

McAfee, one of the leading names in this space released its third quarter security report, which addresses both PC malware and mobile attacks. Putting aside the PC for a second, one of the most blatantly obvious and striking findings of this report is that Android is not only dominating the mobile space in terms of market share, it also takes the crown of present malicious attacks as well as future ones. There is no close competitor, not even Symbian.

To be fair, the people initiating these attacks (after all these years, I just don't understand what kind of person writes viruses) are clearly going to target Android, its open nature aside, since Android is ripping up the competition in the mobile space. The same is true for viruses on Windows as opposed to Mac.

Obviously, the goal is to attack as many devices as possible (obviously, right? What is wrong with these people?) and Microsoft and Google have the numbers, Apple does not. Without knowing too much about security though, something tells me Apple made it a little more difficult to attack its systems in their walled in garden.

Some of the numbers in the McAfee report include the following:

- The amount of Android malware jumped nearly 37% since last quarter.

- If Android malware continues at this pace, 2011 will be the busiest in mobile malware history.

- There are an expected 75 million unique malware samples reached by year’s end.

- The Android platform was the only mobile operating system for all new mobile malware in Q3.

McAfee also provided some insights about spam in general, mobile and not, based on geographical location. Check out the pie charts below...

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