Android Users Most Susceptible to Rising Mobile Malware

A security firm has released a new mobile threat report in which it has warned that malware on Google’s Android platform is on the rise.

The report released by mobile security firm Lookout Security revealed that Android users were 2.5 times more likely to encounter malware than they were six months ago.

According to the company, around 3 out of 10 Android users were most likely to be attacked by malware every year.

The company came up with the report after scanning 700,000 applications on 10 million Android based devices.

The company revealed that there were 80 malware infected app for Android, a number which has risen to 400 in June this year. 500,000 to 1 million Android devices had been infected with malware in the first half of 2011.

”Attackers are deploying a variety of increasingly sophisticated techniques to take control of the phone, personal data, and money. Additionally, malware writers are using new distribution techniques, such as malvertising and upgrade attacks,” the company said.

“Recently over 250,000 Android users were compromised in an unprecedented mobile attack when they downloaded malicious software disguised as legitimate applications from the Android Market,” it added.