Android Wins Unfortunate Malware Battle, Hosting 79 Per Cent of Attacks

By Gary Cutlack on at

A document prepared by the American Department of Homeland Security has heaped some shame upon Google's Android OS, blaming outdated versions of the software for giving it a huge 79 per cent share of the 2012 mobile malware market.

The data comes from a memo the DHS circulated to US emergency service personnel, and claims that: "44 percent of Android users are still using versions 2.3.3 through 2.3.7-known as Gingerbread-which were released in 2011 and have a number of security vulnerabilities that were fixed in later versions."

Showing a not particularly large awareness of the problems faced by Android users in keeping their phones up to date, the DHS warns that it is "more important than ever to keep mobile OS patched and up-to-date." If only it was as easy as that, eh? [BBC]