Kaspersky: Malware attacks on Android to increase in 2012

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Android owners beware!

Top AntiVirus software maker, Kaspersky Lab, said that malicious files that are targeting Android based gadgets will increase this year. During the second half of 2011, the latter has targeted Android’s the most.

According to Kaspersky’s Cyberthreat forecast for 2012, “the unwanted attention that the Android platform has received from virus writers will intensify. In 2012, cybercriminals targeting mobile platforms will focus heavily on creating malware for Google Android.”

They also added that, “the dramatic growth in malicious programs for Android in the second half of 2011 saw Google’s operating system rank first among mobile platforms in terms of the number of threats. There is little to suggest that the virus writers will shift their focus in the near future.”

The increase can be attributed to the increase in the number of individuals using their mobile gadgets for Internet to do online transactions such as banking and shopping.

“Mobile espionage – data theft from mobile phones and the tracking of subjects using their telephones and geolocation services – will become widespread going well beyond the traditional use of such technologies by law enforcement agencies and private investigation companies.” The company added.

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