McAfee Sees 76% Increase in Android Malware

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Security threats in the form of malware are on the rise for Google’s Android platform, according to security company McAfee. Android malware jumped up 76 percent during spring, and many of the threats appear as if they are legit apps.

Android malware: What? me worry?Android malware takes a big jump

While 76 percent is a big jump, the total number of Android threats McAfee listed for the spring topped out at 44.

In comparison, McAfee said there still aren’t any malware threats for Apple’s iOS platform, which is the software that drives the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. There are, however, a small handful of malware threats available for jailbroken devices.

Android now tops Symbian and J2ME as the most attacked mobile platform. McAfee didn’t speculate as to why Apple’s iOS is out of the mix, but presumably the App Store screening process has been effective in keeping malware off of the iPhone and iPad.

Apps written for Google’s Android platform aren’t vetted before being released to users. Instead, they undergo review after complaints or other concerns arise.

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1stplacemacuser

Imagine a pilot on a commercial airliner using an Android tablet and lo and behold, malware!  Imagine flying on said plane.  Imagine watching the ocean coming up at you at a very fast speed.

Oops.

BurmaYank

1stplacemacuser: “Imagine a pilot on a commercial airliner using an Android tablet and lo and behold, malware!”

Yeah - I’m imagining that malware written specially for said commercial airliner’s iPads by an Al Qaeda geek.

I?ll say it again: Android pads will always be DOA in the enterprise & academia.
(http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/forums/viewthread/80202/)

Garion

Yeah - I?m imagining that malware written specially for said commercial airliner?s iPads by an Al Qaeda geek.

If Al Qaeda wants to put malware on an iPad in the form of an app they need to get it reviewed and approved by Apple first. Ain’t gonna happen.

MOSiX Man

Must be because Apple has a closed ecosystem, or because Apple is spending too much on patents to drive up the cost, so that they can unfairly control the market with legal tactics instead on real innovation! It can’t be because Android is ‘open’.

Lee Dronick

If Al Qaeda wants to put malware on an iPad in the form of an app they need to get it reviewed and approved by Apple first. Ain?t gonna happen.

We can’t build a wall around the Country, but we can build one around the garden.

Anyway, the iPad wouldn’t be controlling the aircraft, not yet, they already have a computer for that. True, you could probably cause a disaster by putting incorrect elevation of an airstrip into the documents.

Intruder

Except the approach plates would be in the aircraft computer. Airlines don’t fly approaches off of the iPad.

adamC

@MOSiX Man

Kind of wonder who is innovating and who is copying left right and centre.

Those who copied IPs left right and centre when sued cried foul and claimed they are the ones innovating while the ones who are defending their IPs are not innovating and competitive.

Sad to see thieves when caught cried they are innocence.

russell

If Al Qaeda wants to put malware on an iPad in the form of an app they need to get it reviewed and approved by Apple first. Ain?t gonna happen.

Then that is the point of weakness - anything that obviously and self-evidently is never going to happen is exactly where security is weak or non-existent.  Anything we can foresee is far less risk.

First-class passengers carrying a few box-cutters ???  Obviously no risk there.  Let them on the plane.  (box cutter = stanley knife in UK English).

Russell.

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