A 400% increase in Android malware since 2010

Cyber criminals targeting smartphones instead of PCs

Is your Android smartphone safe?

According to a report, there has been a 400% increase in Android malware since 2010.

A record number of security threats and highly targeted Wi-fi attacks are currently attacking enterprise and consumer mobile devices, with devices on the Android platform facing a 400% increase in malware.

The information released by Juniper Networks in a report titled "Malicious Mobile Threats Report 2010/2011" said that cyber criminals have focused their attention to mobile devices.

"In a recent survey of large businesses, we found that nearly 40 percent considered smartphones the device type posing the largest security threat now," said Jeff Wilson, principle analyst, Security at Infonetics Research.

SMS trojans cause the most threat, causing 17% of all reported infections. In addition, the greatest distribution point for mobile malware is application download, yet not many smartphone users use an antivirus solution on their mobile device.

"These findings reflect a perfect storm of users who are either uneducated on or disinterested in security, downloading readily available applications from unknown and unvetted sources in the complete absence of mobile device security solutions," said Dan Hoffman, chief mobile security evangelist at Juniper Networks.

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