Android malware samples have increased 472% in the Android Market in the second half of 2011.
Android's profound impact on the mobile market has made it a prime target for criminals. And the operating system, which powers over half of the 60.5 million smartphones sold worldwide in the third quarter of 2011, is less safe than its rivals. Juniper Networks’ Malicious Mobile Threats Report shows that Android malware instances increased by 400% between 2009 and 2010, while other platforms remained relatively secure, due mainly to fewer cybercriminals trying to break through their defenses, and in some cases, to stronger security features. Things have only gotten worse this year. Juniper says Android remains a top destination for malware in the mobile space, and that Google likely won’t be able to stop the bad guys before things get totally out of hand.
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