Yikes! Sometimes being the most popular isn't always a good thing. As in the case of the Windows operating system, Android's growing popularity and open app developer market for mobile devices has made the platform the prime target for malware. In fact malicious software targeting Android devices has risen to a worrisome 472% since July of this year alone, and is only going to get worse according to networking technology company, Juniper Network's Global Threat Center blog
. Check out below for more information how these malware developers are targeting Android devices so you know what to look out for...
Alongside the informative infographic, Juniper Network further explain
who and how users are targeted:
The majority of malicious applications target communications, location, or other personal identifying information. Of the known Android malware samples, 55%, acts in one way or another as spyware. The other major type of attack, which make up 44%, are SMS Trojans, which send SMS messages to premium rate numbers owned by the attacker in the background of a legitimate application, without the person's knowledge. Once these messages are sent, the money is not recoverable, and the owners of these premium rate numbers are generally anonymous. (Have you ever considered voting for American Idol via text message and it costs you $1.99 or $2.99 per vote? That's how it works.)
Check out the complete report over at Mobile Malware Development Continues To Rise, Android Leads The Way.