Android Remains The Most Targeted Mobile OS, No Malware On Windows Phone

Some believe that Android is the new Windows. One trait that Android seems to have obtained from earlier versions of Windows is lax security. Most mobile malware is still targeted at Android.

This has been revealed in this new report from security firm F-Secure.

And as worrying a factor this is for Android users, there has been no mention of any malware on Windows Phone — which makes the third most popular mobile operating platform in the world, the most secure of the bunch.

According to the company, no less than 277 new malware families were discovered on mobile devices in the first quarter of this year, with a shocking 275 of these threats targeted at Android.

One on iOS and another on Symbian complete the blacklist.

Several of these, the report says are Trojans and are designed primarily for silently sending SMS. Premium rate SMS at that, in case you were wondering. Makes one wonder just how severely Google plans to tackle this in future versions of Android.

And keeping in mind that this report only takes into account the first three months of 2014, the remaining nine months could be potentially scarier.

If you are interested you can read the full report here, also available as a PDF file.

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