Here at Life Of Android we’re constantly inundated with stories warning of the Android malware threat, only two weeks ago we reported smartphone malware had risen by 273 per cent in 2011. According to Roger Wilson, Vice President of Marketing at Internet Security firm Kaspersky Lab, hackers are only going to continue to expand onto Google’s smartphone OS as its userbase grows.
“Because the Microsoft operating system Windows is the one that is still dominant in the market place, that is where the majority of hackers go,” explained Wilson in interview with T3. “As Android grows in the future it will become more of a target for hackers. We’ve already started spotting the first viruses coming through on Android.”
According to Wilson, Android’s ownership of the largest smartphone market share makes it a natural target for those looking to spread their malware onto as many handsets as possible.
“Android has the potential to be a very big market in the future. These threats will only grow as more people use Android to do their online banking and shopping and as the system is rolled out across many new devices.”