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Android Favoured by Mobile Malware Says Threat Report

Google’s Android platform has been named as the most attacked mobile operating system in the market.

According to the McAfee Threats Report for the second quarter of 2011, the amount of malware targeting Android has increased by 76 percent since the last quarter.

The anti-virus software maker revealed that 2011 had seen the busiest first half-year in malware history, with the company gathering 12 million sample malware in the first half, an increase of 22 percent from 2010.

The company believes that it will have 75 million malware samples in its database, called ‘Malware Zoo’, by the end of this year. McAfee’s Malware Zoo has 65 million samples as of now.

“This year we've seen record-breaking numbers of malware, especially on mobile devices, where the uptick is in direct correlation to popularity," said Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs.

"Overall attacks are becoming more stealth and more sophisticated, suggesting that we could see attacks that remain unnoticed for longer periods of time. High-profile hacktivist groups have also changed the landscape by drawing a line between attacks for personal gain and attacks meant to send a message."

Android has emerged as the most popular targeted for malware, surpassing the Symbian platform for the first time. The report can be accessed here [PDF].