Mobile security guys Lookout have published a spanking new report titled 2012 Mobile Threat Predictions. That’s 2012AD as opposed to 2,012 individual threat predictions. That’d just be silly.
Lookout reckons a total of one million dollars was siphoned from Android users in 2011, and – unsurprisingly – the situation is only expected to get worse next year.
That figure comes via data pulled from one million apps and 15 million handsets across the globe. Lookout estimates that the likelihood of encountering malware has risen significantly to 4% from 1% at the beginning of the year.
Meanwhile, the chance of clicking on a dodgy link in 2011 is estimated at 36%, but for some reason those cheeky Yanks are at more risk on 40%.
“2011 was a watershed year in terms of the types threats we saw emerging. Threats had greater sophistication and were deployed using more innovative and efficient distribution methods,” said Kevin Mahaffey, Lookout’s co-founder and chief technology officer.
“In 2012, we expect to see the mobile malware business turn profitable. What took 15 years on the PC platform has only taken the mobile ecosystem two years.”