[ISN] Android Malware Volume Jumps 400%

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 00:19:17 -0500 (CDT)

By Mathew J. Schwartz 
May 13, 2011 

The volume of attacks that target the Android mobile operating system 
has increased by 400% since the summer of 2010. Also in that timeframe, 
one in 20 enterprise mobile devices has gone missing.

Those two findings come from the "Mobile Malicious Threats" report 
released Tuesday by Juniper Networks, which sells networking hardware 
and security products.

While significant, the four-fold increase in malware targeting Android 
isn't unexpected. "You don't have to be extraordinarily smart to write 
mobile malware these days because most devices don't have any security 
tools to stop the malware," said Dan Hoffman, chief mobile security 
evangelist at Juniper Networks, in a telephone interview.

Indeed, despite the security threats facing smartphones, few users 
secure them. On that front, the Juniper report references a 2010 study, 
released by SANS, which found that only 15% of smartphone users were 
employing antivirus on their phones.


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