Android is being slammed by malware, according to a new report released on Tuesday by Antivirus vendor McAfee.
[ad#Google Adsense 300×250 in story]According to the report, malware targeted at Android devices jumped 76 percent since last quarter. This gives Android the dubious distinction of becoming the most attacked mobile operating system in the quarter, surpassing Symbian OS.
Symbian OS and Java ME remain the most targeted mobile operating systems ever, but researchers warn that Android is becoming a popular target.
“The rapid rise in Android malware in Q2 indicates that the platform could become an increasing target for cybercriminals — affecting everything from calendar apps, to comedy apps to SMS messages to a fake Angry Birds updates,” researchers wrote in the report.
As for Apple’s iOS, the 2011 threats report didn’t mention it at all.
It’s thought that because Apple is so vigilant with checking apps before they enter the App Store that its mobile operating system is safer than Android. Google is more open with apps it allows to be downloaded on its store.