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Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich most popular Android targets for malware

Laura Barnes
Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich most popular Android targets for malware

The latest Kaspersky Lab research shows that Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread was the most popular target for cybercriminals in Q3, closely followed by the latest version Ice Cream Sandwich.

The rapid growth in the number of new mobile malicious programs for Android continued in the third quarter, prompting Kaspersky Lab to identify the platform versions most frequently targeted by cybercriminals.

Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread accounted for 28 per cent of all blocked attempts to install malware, while the second most commonly attacked version was the new 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, which accounted for 22 per cent of attempts.

“Although Gingerbread was released back in September 2011, due to the segmentation of the Android device market it still remains one of the most popular versions, which, in turn, attracts increased interest from cybercriminals,” commented Yuri Namestnikov, senior malware analyst at Kaspersky Lab.

“The popularity of the most recent version of the Android OS – Ice Cream Sandwich – among virus writers can be explained by the fact that the devices running the latest versions of the OS are more suitable for online activities. Unfortunately, users actively surfing the web often end up on malicious sites.”

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Tags: Malware, Google, android, ice cream sandwich, gingerbread, kaspersky lab

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