99.9% of new mobile malware targets Android phones

Google’s Android “has malware issues. We knew that already,” Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai reports for Mashable. “But a new report suggests these issues are only destined to worsen.”

“In fact, 99.9% of new mobile malware detected in the first quarter of 2013 is designed to hit Android phones, according to a new report released by online security firm Kaspersky Lab,” Franceschi-Bicchierai reports. “The vast majority of those are trojan viruses, a type of virus that, as Mashable reported, is used in many instances (to target Tibetan activists, for example.) SMS trojans, which steal money by sending unauthorized texts to premium rate numbers, are the most common, with 63% of total infections.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Google’s Android. “Open” in all the wrong ways.™

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Makka” for the heads up.]

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  1. Willing to bet Google or Samsung will never highlight the diverse set of programmers working hard to develop programs for their customers. Well, to their customers known weakness’…

  2. And most of those Android users can’t even update their OS if a security patch comes out. Utterly amazing.

    I never understood why people put up with Windows’ malware problems, and I certainly don’t get why they would choose the inferior Android OS and its weaker ecosystem over an iPhone.

  3. Aw lets make it 100%! What’s .1% between friends? I’m very happy in my walled garden. When I want excitement I fly out of LAX instead of Bob Hope. That’s enough for me.

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