McAfee has released a PDF Q2 report detailing all things security, describing the “threat landscape of 2011” as a “year of chaos and change”.
Of course, the section we’re interested in is “Mobile Threats”, and – I’m sure this comes as no surprise whatsoever – it’s bad news for Google’s Android.
An accompanying article from McAfee explains that the volume of malware aimed at Android devices has jumped 76% since Q1, making it the most attacked mobile operating system.
“This year we’ve seen record breaking numbers of malware, especially on mobile devices, where the uptick is in direct correlation to popularity,” observes Vincent Weafer, senior VP of McAfee Labs.
“Overall attacks are becoming more stealth and more sophisticated, suggesting that we could see attacks that remain unnoticed for longer periods of time. High-profile hacktivist groups have also changed the landscape by drawing a line between attacks for personal gain and attacks meant to send a message.”
There’s a tasty pie chart for consumption too. Android is utterly dominant, with more than three times the share of second place Java ME.