Malware aimed at Google’s smartphone and tablet OS has boomed by 90 per cent in 2011, according to new statistics from Fortinet.
Although this figure only accounts for the rise in malware, not the number of infected Android handsets, the amount of Trojan’s and other viruses aimed at Apple’s iOS only increased by 25 per cent last year.
“FortiGuard Labs has found approximately five times the amount of malicious families on the Android OS versus what we’ve found on iOS,” commented Axelle Apvrille, senior mobile anti-virus researcher at Fortinet.
“We believe that this disparity can be attributed to the way Apple handles iOS application development and distribution. Unlike Android, which makes it fairly easy to place applications for people to download, iOS requires developers to undergo some strict screening from Apple before the application can make it to the Apple Store.”
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