WASHINGTON: Finland-based computer security company, F-Secure has reported that Google’s free mobile operating system Android in 2012, has accounted 79% of all malware infections on smartphones. The threat is increasing with time. According to the report, the second-most malware attacked mobile operating system in 2012 was Symbian with 19% of total infections.
Android is the most popular mobile operating system with the largest number of smartphones and tablets having it.
F-Secure’s quarterly report said :
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.
F-Secure claimed that in 2012, market share of Android rose to 68.8% while its malware share rose to 79% from 66.7% in 2011.
However, it should be noted that F-Secure is an antivirus company and wants to sell more of its software by alerting people. It can’t be denied that such reports are often biased without factual basis. It should also be noted that there indeed are some malware apps hosted in Google Play store itself.