McAfee reveals Android is most targeted mobile OS

The new report outlined that malware was at its peak for Android users and the majority of malicious code was trojans, fake AV and autoruns

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McAfee reveals Android is most targeted mobile OS McAfee has released a new report that shows that Android was the most targeted OS for Q3 2011.
By  Clayton Vallabhan Published  November 22, 2011

McAfee has released a new report that looks through malware threats for Q3 2011.

According to the security company, almost all mobile malware for the period was targeted at the Android mobile operating system.

Android allows third-party apps and does not have as rigid a hold on the Android marketplace as Apple does. It is also the most popular mobile operating system for smartphones according to recent research, thus making it an easy target.

McAfee says by December 2011 there will be 75 million different and unique malware threats. The firm says in Q3 one of the most common threats came from Trojans that sent SMS messages and stole money. The said messages were sent to premium numbers that would cost a user more on a phone bill. Other malware detected included fake AV, autorun and Trojans that steal passwords.

According to statistics 65.8% of the servers in the U.S. are infected with malware, and 22.8% of the servers in the Middle East and Europe collectively have been affected.

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