‘Gingerbread is prime target for malware’

Posted at 11/09/2012 6:37 PM | Updated as of 11/09/2012 6:39 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Among the many versions of Google’s Android operating system, version 2.3.6 or Gingerbread is the most popular target for malware during the third quarter of 2012, according to security software firm Kaspersky Lab.

According to security experts at Kaspersky Lab, Gingerbread accounted for 28% of all blocked attempts to install malware, while the new version 4.0.4 or Ice Cream Sandwich was the second most attacked Android OS at 22%.

“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,” said 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,” Namestnikov added.

Kaspersky Lab noted that more than half of the malware detected on user smartphones during the third quarter of 2012 were SMS Trojans, particularly those that steal money from victims’ mobile accounts by sending text messages to premium rate numbers.