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Android devices receive 79 percent of malware attacks


While good things come out of Android being the most used mobile operating system around, bad things also come. Like malware. A new survey by the U.S. Department of Homeland security reveals that the majority of malware targeting operating systems in 2012 were intended for Android. An incredible 79% of all smartphone malware last year was meant for Android users, followed by 17% for Symbian phones, 0.7% for iOS users, and 0.3% for Windows Phone.

In a memo, the DHS and FBI say it is because so many Android users continue to run older versions of Android, making their devices open to a number of security vulnerabilities. Google chose not to comment.

Source: All Things D