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Mobile platforms report reveals ‘record growth’ for malware, rootkits

McAfee this week released the McAfee Threats Report: Second Quarter 2011, showing that the amount of malware targeted at Android devices jumped 76% since last quarter, to become the most attacked mobile operating system.


August 24, 2011  


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McAfee this week released the McAfee Threats Report: Second Quarter 2011, showing that the amount of malware targeted at Android devices jumped 76% since last quarter, to become the most attacked mobile operating system.

According to the company, 2011 has also resulted in the busiest ever first half-year in malware history, including a first-ever appearance of Mac fake AV and a significant uptick in rootkits, suggesting that McAfee’s comprehensive malware “zoo” collection will reach a record 75 million samples by the year’s end.

“This year we’ve seen record-breaking numbers of malware, especially on mobile devices, where the uptick is in direct correlation to popularity,” said Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs.

“Overall attacks are becoming more stealth and more sophisticated, suggesting that we could see attacks that remain unnoticed for longer periods of time. High-profile hacktivist groups have also changed the landscape by drawing a line between attacks for personal gain and attacks meant to send a message.”