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Android Malware Continues To Surge

By: Mathew Schwartz, InformationWeek

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.

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