A 400 Percent Increase in Android Malware? Way to Capitalize on Today's I/O Keynote, Juniper.
Disturbing news from Juniper Networks on this first day of Google I/O: Mobile security vulnerabilities have hit an all-time high–particularly in the Android ecosystem. According to Juniper, Android malware attacks have increased 400 percent from the summer of 2010. An unsettling metric, and not just for Android fans. This surge in security threats is being driven largely by an increase in mobile application downloads, which seems to be the attack vector of choice. So really, anyone with a smartphone capable of running apps is a potential target. That said, some operating systems–Apple’s iOS, for example–are known to be far less vulnerable than others, as commenters note below.