According to the latest reports The rate of mobile malware is higher than ever and the operating system of choice is Android, which receives 92 percent of all detected threats.
Mobile malware creators and smartphone makers seem to be in a neck-and-neck software race, but new data shows that the malware creators could be taking the lead.
Mobile malware grew at a rate of 614 percent from March 2012 to March 2013, as that's equal to 276,259 malicious apps floating around out there. Last year, the increase was a mere 155 percent.
based on an analysis of more than 1.85 million mobile apps and vulnerabilities across major mobile operating systems.
As o s are exploited at a growing rate, Juniper says it's clear that cybercriminals are becoming more entrepreneurial, savvy, and calculated. Rather than trying to crack into every system, they tend to go after the most popular: Android.
Worldwide, Android dominates nearly 60 percent of the smartphone market share, according to analyst firm Canalys; for comparison Apple has slightly more than 19 percent and Microsoft has 18 percent. According to Juniper, 92 percent of all detected mobile malware is targeted specifically at Android.
The majority of Android users haven't updated their devices to the newest version, which is another reason why cyber criminals prefer the operating system. this month, only 4 percent of Android users were running the latest OS, according to Juniper. As users remain on older versions, like Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread,