Android Malware: With the use of mobile devices on the rise, it is safe to say that the threat of mobile malware will continue to increase in the years to come. As you can imagine, this is something that both Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will be keeping a close eye on in the near future.
According to the most recent Mobile Threat Report by F-Secure Labs, the Google Android operating system is being targeted much more heavily than anything from Apple or other competitors.
In fact, a recent report by F-Secure Labs stated that the count of new Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android threats increased by 49 percent. Fortunately for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), it is not facing the same sort of issues at the present time.
Here is what the report had to say:
“The first quarter of 2013 was marked by firsts for Android malware that add complexity to the Android threat landscape. According to F-Secure Labs’ latest Mobile Threat Report, January through March saw the first Android threat distribution outside of apps via email spam, the first targeted Android attacks, and the first Android advanced fee fraud scam. Additionally, examples of increased commoditization of Android malware surfaced.”
As you can see, Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) is being heavily targeted by malware while other operating systems, such as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS is slipping through the cracks.
If you don’t think this is a big deal, take a closer look at what Sean Sullivan, Security Advisor at F-Secure Labs, had to say:
“I’ll put it this way: Until now, I haven’t worried about my mother with her Android because she’s not into apps. Now I have reason to worry because with cases like Stels, Android malware is also being distributed via spam, and my mother checks her email from her phone.”
If this all looks familiar, you don’t have to look any further than how Windows has been targeted on the desktop PC.
The big question is this: why is the Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system being targeted while Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), among others, are not faced with the same concerns?
If this information from F-Secure Labs is accurate, Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has its work cut out in the near future. That being said, we should not expect Apple to turn its head and hope that it doesn’t face the same issue in the future.
For graphs from the F-Secure Labs report, visit the next page: