Apple employee re-tweets smartphone malware report showing Android issues

Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller has re-tweeted a mobile threat report which does not make good reading for Android smartphone owners.

F-Secure's 2012 study showed that in the fourth quarter of last year alone, 96 new families and variants of Android threats were discovered.

This almost doubles the number that were uncovered in the previous quarter.

“The rise of Android malware can be largely attributed to the operating system’s increasing foothold in the mobile market. Android’s market share has risen to 68.8 per cent in 2012, compared to 49.2 per cent in 20112. On the threat side, its share rose to 79 per cent in 2012 from 66.7 per cent in 2011,” read the Mobile Threat Report.

A breakdown of the mobile threats by type in 2012 showed that 66.1 per cent were trojans, while seven per cent were monitoring tools. Adware accounted for 2.7 per cent of malware and spyware was present in 3.7 per cent of cases.

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