Mobile threats increased six-fold between 2010 and 2011, says Kapersky Lab, as security experts at RSA debate whether Android or iPhone is more secure against malware attacks.
Mobile malware developers have been busy, as the
quantity of malicious threats that target mobile devices increased more
than six-fold between 2010 and 2011.
That's one finding from new research released this week by anti-virus
software maker Kaspersky Lab, which reported that the number of distinct
mobile malware families more than doubled from 2010 to 2011. Whereas
153 new mobile malware families appeared in 2010, and were collectively
modified more than 1,000 times, "over the course of 2011, we recorded
5,255 new modifications of mobile threats and 178 new families," said
Kaspersky Lab senior malware analyst Denis Maslennikov, in a blog post.