It's a race neither Android or iOS wants to win. But according to a string of new reports, cybercriminals are putting in more than just a tad bit of overtime to find new and innovative ways to attack our PCs, laptops, and - yes - our smartphones.
"During the past few quarters, we've seen that the Android OS is the most popular target for writers of mobile malware," the latest report from McAfee
reads. "This quarter was no different; practically all new mobile malware was directed at the Android platform. The mix included SMS-sending malware, mobile botnets, spyware, and destructive Trojans."
In other words, Android is "winning" for now, although experts warn that the iPhone is far from immune. “The iPhone has been out now for five years,” says Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at digital-security firm F-Secure
. “Will there be real malware on iPhones in the future? Probably.”
As a result, companies across the mobile landscape are ramping up efforts to crack down on mobile security threats such a malware, which is inbound for smartphones like never before. Just two weeks ago, in fact, Airpush
- the second largest mobile ad network for Android - announced a partnership with Appthority
. Airpush is integrating Appthority's mobile security technology directly into the Airpush platform in order to scan all advertiser app promotions and URLs.
Mobile security analysts have praised Airpush's effort, which is virtually erasing the prospect of mobile malware distribution through its network. But, they warn, others in the mobile space need to take a similar approach and fast. iOS and Android dominate the smartphone world. And, unfortunately, that means these two dominant platforms will be the two biggest targets to those who like to wreak havoc on our mobile devices.
Sources: McAfee, F-Secure, Airpush