Almost All Mobile Viruses Target Android Smartphones

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The anti virus software vendor McAfee says that it has seen a 1.5 million increase in malware since Q1 2012 and identified new threats such as mobile "drive by downloads" the use of Twitter for control of mobile botnets and the appearance of mobile "ransomware".

As PC malware writers master their craft, they continue to transfer their skills to other popular consumer and business platforms, such as Google's Android OS.

After the mobile malware explosion in Q1 2012, Android malware shows no signs of slowing down, putting users on high alert. Virtually all new mobile malware detected in Q2 2012 was directed at the Android platform, and was comprised of SMS-sending malware, mobile botnets, spyware and destructive Trojans.

"Attacks that we've traditionally seen on PCs are now making their way to other devices. For example, in Q2 we saw Flashback, which targeted Macintosh devices and techniques such as ransomware and drive-by downloads targeting mobile." said Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs.

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