Android is most attacked mobile platform, researc
According to a new research by security firm, McAfee, Google's Android mobile OS was the most attacked mobile platform in the second quarter of the year.
The attacks on the open source platform rose 76 per cent in the quarter, which is presumably due to the ever increasing popularity of the platform and high sales of Android powered devices.
The open source nature of the platform allows developers to access framework API's used by the core Android team and also copy and improve upon certain components without starting from scratch. The same open source nature also poses problems related to malware as attackers access information about the platform and design more sophisticated malware.
The malware attackers also exploit the fact the Google's screening process for Android Marketplace is not as strict and rigid as that of the Apple App Store team. This allows anyone to upload any app on the store and start targeting users.
Experts suggest that Google should either introduce more stringent rules or it can launch a new App store with safer environment much like the Amazon App Store that offers only safe Android apps to the users in the US.