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Report: 99 Percent of New Mobile Threats Target Android 269

Posted by Soulskill
from the not-the-market-share-you-want dept.
MojoKid writes: "Google's open source Android platform has the distinction of being the most popular mobile operating system in the world. That's great in terms of dominating the market and reaping the rewards that come with it, but it's also for that very reason that Android finds itself the target of virtually every new mobile malware threat that emerges. According to data published in F-Secure's latest Mobile Threat Report (PDF), over 99 percent of the new mobile threats it discovered in the first quarter of 2014 targeted Android users. To be fair, we're not taking about hundreds of thousands, tens of thousands, or thousands of malware threats — F-Secure detected 277 new threat families, of which 275 honed in on Android."
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Report: 99 Percent of New Mobile Threats Target Android

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  • by presspass (1770650) on Wednesday April 30, 2014 @05:42PM (#46884347)

    When Apple gets the market share that Android has, you'll see that Apple gets as many attacks as Android does.

  • by MatthiasF (1853064) on Wednesday April 30, 2014 @05:55PM (#46884477)
    The United States is only 4% of the world's population. Look at global statistics, instead of cherry picking your favorite nation.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 30, 2014 @06:12PM (#46884605)

    This is probably worse for iOS than being insecure.

    Their marketshare has fallen so far it's not worth targeting them any more.

    Speaking as an iOS user, I'm perfectly fine with you Android users getting all of the malware love. No really... you can keep all of it... I don't want any!

  • by amicusNYCL (1538833) on Wednesday April 30, 2014 @07:02PM (#46885077)

    In related news: the market share of christmas trees has plummeted significantly. Oh, and if you don't get that, you don't get marketshare (Hint: AUGUST 2013).

    Are you suggesting that the market share of units sold changes for some reason 4 months before Christmas versus the rest of the year? Wouldn't the two OSs be sold in the same percentages both before and after Christmas? The price points aren't so different that something like that would happen.

    Also, what is "the market share of Christmas trees"? Which market are you referring to there? In the Christmas tree market, the market share of Christmas trees stays roughly at 100% the entire year. Christmas trees don't have a lot of competition in the Christmas tree market. That's not a very good analogy.

  • by john_uy (187459) on Wednesday April 30, 2014 @10:03PM (#46886115)

    I use Windows Phone and get 0% malware. The 1% goes to IOS.

    Windows is indeed getting better. ;)

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