Phil Schiller sent out a tweet asking Android users to be safe after a report by security lab F-Secure observed that Android still continued to be the most attacked platform.
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The report states that Symbian platform which was targeted by nearly 29 percent of malware in 2011 saw a sharp decline in the last year with only 19 percent of malware targeting the ageing platform. According to the report, Nokia’s decision to halt all Symbian development in February 2012 may have contributed to the huge drop in numbers. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
On the other hand, Android, which continued to grow in the smartphone market, saw a growth in the number of malware attacks from 49 percent in 2011 to a staggering 68.8 percent last year. Those numbers aren’t the entire story either, the report goes on to state that of the 301 new threats in 2012, Android was attacked by 79 percent of them last year. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than Android
“Malware in general has a parasitic relationship with its host,” said Sean Sullivan, Security Advisor at F-Secure Labs. “As old Symbian handsets continue to be replaced by those with other operating systems, especially Android, Symbian malware dies off and will probably go extinct in 2013. May it rest in peace.”
Though things look bad for the Android platform, other platforms like Blackberry and Windows Mobile shouldn’t rest easy as according to F-Secure, as their market penetration increases, they will see more threats.