Phil Schiller, Vice President of Apple Product Marketing on tweeted Thursday to warn users about the dangers posed by the Android. He shared a link to the study of F-secure, testifying to an unprecedented increase in the number of viruses for OS Google in 2012.
Be safe out there: f-secure.com/static/doc/lab…
— Philip Schiller (@pschiller) March 7, 2013
According to analyst reports, 94% of all mobile malware in 2012 accounted for Android. If in 2011, the experts found 5,300 new threats to the platform, then in 2012 the same number of new viruses, and even more they are staying for a month.
Android malware has been strengthening its position in the mobile threat scene. Every quarter, malware authors bring forth new threat families and variants to lure more victims and to update on the existing ones. In the fourth quarter alone, 96 new families and variants of Android threats were discovered, which almost doubles the number recorded in the previous quarter. A large portion of this number was contributed by PremiumSMS—a family of malware that generates profit through shady SMS-sending practices—which unleashed 21 new variants., – writes F-secure.
In total, over the past year, analysts have found more than 6 million unique “malware” for Android. As a result of the explosive growth of activity of virus writers platform has become the absolute leader in the ranking distribution of mobile attacks: the share of Google-OS in 2012 was 94% of all mobile malware (for comparison, in 2011 the figure was 65%).
According to experts, the most popular Android-viruses, cybercriminals in 2012 were SMS-Trojans. The second most common group are adware and Plangton Hamob. The third group includes various modifications Lotoor – exploits to get access rights on smartphones running different versions of Android.