Android is the most at threat operating system for hackers, with its vulnerability attributed to a 58% increase in mobile malware.
Security firm Symantec’s annual Internet Security Threat report revealed Android is the ‘go-to’ platform for attackers, because of its huge market share, open source platform and the multiple ways hackers can distribute malicious apps. Symantec’s research found that it had more threats than any other mobile operating system. By contrast, Apple’s iOS only had one threat during 2012.
Apple has made currency of the greater risk of Android devices being targeted by hackers. Last month, Apple’s marketing chief Phil Schiller tweeted ‘Be safe out there’, as he linked to an article critical of Android’s security.
The report found that almost a third of all mobile threats were attempts to steal personal information, such as email addresses and phone numbers.
The growth in hackers targeting mobile devices is far outpacing that of more traditional web-based attacks, which only grew 30% last year. Overall, there was a 42% increase in targeted attacks compared to 2011.
Stephen Trilling, chief technology officer at Symantec, said: ‘This year’s ISTR shows that cybercriminals aren’t slowing down, and they continue to devise new ways to steal information from organisations of all sizes. The sophistication of attacks coupled with today’s IT complexities, such as virtualisation, mobility and cloud, require organisations to remain proactive and use ‘defence in depth’ security measures to stay ahead of attacks.’
Author: Graeme Neill