McAfee: Android Malware Rapidly Grows 76% While iOS Is Unaffected

McAfee: Android Malware Rapidly Grows 76% While iOS Is Unaffected

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The security experts at McAfee have published details of a new study that found during the second quarter of 2011, Android-powered devices faced a staggering 76% increase in malware than that of the first quarter — while Apple’s iOS devices remained unaffected by malicious exploits.

In its Second Quarter 2011 Threats Report, relayed by Electronista, McAfee noted that the “threat landscape of 2011 is undergoing a year of chaos and change.” Google’s Android platform, which was once the third-most targeted platform for malware, shot up to first place after 44 cases of malware were discovered.

This increase in threats to such a popular platform should make us evaluate our behavior on mobile devices and the security industry’s preparedness to combat this growth.”

However, it would seem those of us sporting iOS devices have little to worry about. Thanks to Apple’s ‘closed’ ecosystem — which is often criticized by fans of the Android platform — the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are more secure than Steve’s own office in Cupertino.

Back in June, Symantec issued a report in which it stated that iOS has “full protection” against mobile malware, whereas the Android operating system was described as having “little protection.”

There’s a chance that our iOS devices will be infected in future, however. McAfee noted the Mac Defender malware that recently plagued some Mac OS X users, and said that similar attacks for iOS devices are more a “case of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’.”

In addition to the Android platform, devices running Java ME, Symbian and RIM’s BlackBerry OS were also affected by malware growth, while HP’s webOS platform is seemingly just as safe as iOS.

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  • Joey Alex

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://BídsFírst.Com

  • gareth edwards

    Well, it’s no real surprise but we all know no single system can boast about being completely secure.  Android was always going to have this problem merely by the way their approach to the market is geared up. The positives are they get huge market growth and uptake, the downside, it’s an open window opportunity for those clever enough to exploit it.

    I hope Apple has been a little more focussed on security though after all that Mac Defender crap earlier in the year though. One of the true joys of being in the mac ecosystem has always been the lack of threats.

  • King Black Bomb

    Yeah yeah yeah.

    1. You can’t love something coming tomorrow by UPS.
    2. You don’t have a GF.
    3. They are not coming by UPS.
    4. Go away.

  • sarahadam90201

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://BídsFírst.Com

  • Martin R Higgins

    Yeah we all know that no one cares about hacking iOS, and why would they? People don’t care about apple. They are boring. 

  • Brandon Dillon

    Why are you here?

  • Prabhash Kashyap

    seems like you care.. troll

  • sarahadam90205

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://BídsFírst.Com

  • sarahadam90205

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://BídsFírst.Com

  • Ed_Kel

    It’s not that no one cares to hack iOS, it’s that no one can.

  • Ed_Kel

    This doesn’t surprise me….

  • Ed_Kel

    Mac Defender was an OS X problem, this article is about Android and iOS. Apple doesn’t need to focus on security with iOS; that’s what a curated app store gets you.

  • JOEY Alex

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://BídsFírst.Com

  • imajoebob

    It wasn’t really an OS X problem, it was a user problem.  IdiotWare is platform independent.

  • Ed_Kel

    Agreed. But still only affected OS X and therefore, was an OS X problem.

  • gareth edwards

    It was a general point. iOS is not bullet proof, it’s just more bullet proof than Android. They do need to continually focus on security because the user base would be affected negatively if they didn’t. The ‘Mac Defender’ point is that you can’t be complacent (from a user or supplier POV). What I’m saying is don’t take your eye off the ball – we like the mac ecosystem ’cause it’s safe, let’s keep it that way.

  • Max Leon

    I wonder what does 76% means, I red some time ago some kind of info from Microsoft that claimed that while MS virues had grow just 4% Linux viruses soared to 400%, but quantitatively it was 8 viruses total for Linux vs well over 50000 for MS. 

  • GDal

    Not sure everyone gets your sarcasm… It is sarcasm, right?

  • leifnsn

     Apple takes pretty good care of security and this is the only reason because of which nothing like this has happened with apple yet..

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