Attacks on mobile devices include text Trojans, which see the sending of SMS messages to premium-rate numbers without the phone owners’ knowledge or permission. These accounted for half of the Android attacks on older systems like 2.3.3 - or ‘Gingerbread’ - which are still being used by 44 per cent of users.
Android users take responsibility
One problem is that not all Android users run new versions of the software and, without vital patch fixes, their phones represent an easy target for criminals.
The figures say almost eight in ten forms of mobile malware are designed for the Android operating system.