File this one under... "yeah, tell me something I didn't already know."
On Wednesday, Juniper Networks pushed to the masses its third annual Mobile Threats Report, which once again shows the rapid growth and evolution of mobile malware.
Between March 2012 and March 2013, the Juniper Networks Mobile Threat Center (MTC) found mobile malware threats "growing at a rapid rate of 614 percent to 276,259 total malicious apps." Juniper says this spike clearly demonstrates an exponentially higher cyber criminal interest in exploiting mobile devices.
But we're not just talking about any mobile devices. In particular, these dangers are calling Android home at an alarming pace.
Attackers are maximizing their return on investment by focusing 92 percent of all MTC detected threats at Android, which has a commanding share of the global smartphone market.
Not surprisingly, the new report confirms, attackers are also leveraging "loosely regulated third-party app marketplaces" to distribute malware and more quickly introduce threats to the marketplace.