Android continues to be the world’s biggest magnet for malware

Mobile malware. It’s scary, hard to protect against and is growing rapidly – especially on the Android OS. Due to its open-nature and popularity, the Android OS continues to be the biggest magnet for mobile malware and security attacks.

As covered by Ingrid Lunden of TechCrunch, a recent report from F-Secure says that Android accounts for 79% of all malware in 2012:

“…Android accounted for 79% of all malware in 2012, up from 66.7% in 2011 and just 11.25% in 2010. On the other side of the spectrum, Apple’s iOS, the world’s second-most popular platform for smartphones in terms of new purchases, remains one of the least compromised, with 0.7% of malware on its platform.”

Here’s a look at the Android platform’s spike of security threats throughout 2012:


The study also shows that thanks to the increased usage of mobile wallets and mobile payments, there has been a rise in mobile security attacks that are financially motivated:


It’s hard to protect against attacks and security leaks. No matter how prepared you think you are within the lab, when your app gets out into the real world hackers will find its weak spots. This makes the need for in-the-wild security testing more important than ever before.

Learn more about mobile app security testing best practices.

Related Stories

Leave a comment


This will only be used to quickly provide signup information and will not allow us to post to your account or appear on your timeline.

8 Apr 2013, 2:03 a.m.

OK, we get it. Android is pretty vulnerable. The bigger story is what's being done about it? The answer is promising, in my opinion. You've got consumers becoming increasingly cautious about what they download and click on. Security software makers are releasing very effective resources. Ad networks like Airpush are scanning their networks to help remove the threat altogether. It's not so bad out there guys!