McAfee has released its third quarter Threats Report, and the findings aren’t all that much different from the second quarter issue: Android is basically a mess when it comes to malware.
Key points from the ZdNet news item include:
- Android’s “open source” nature is what is leaving the door open to mobile malware.
- the amount of malware targeted at Android devices jumped by almost 37 percent since the previous quarter.
- nearly all new mobile malware that was produced during the third quarter was targeted at Android.
- The most common new forms of malware attacking Android were SMS-sending Trojans that collect personal information and steal money, as well as malware that records phone conversations and forwards them to the attacker.
Read the ZdNet news item: McAfee threats report: Android is in the crosshairs