Report: Android attracts cybercriminals, as mobile virus threat doubles

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of anti-virus software, claims that criminals are increasingly focused on attacking mobile devices, attracted by the growing popularity of Google's Android platform. The firm said in a new report that software programmes designed to infect handsets doubled between August 2009 and December 2010, with 65 per cent more new threats identified in 2010 than in the previous year. The first rogue software aimed at Android was noticed in August 2010, but the number has now risen to 15 programmes from a total of 7 families. However, Kaspersky believes that the majority of mobile malware remains focused on attacking platforms using Java 2 Micro Edition platform. Article

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