Android Operating Systems Worry the FBI

By Ted Levin | Small Business

Android Operating Systems Worry the FBI image Android Operating Systems Worry the FBI 300x219Android Operating Systems Worry the FBIA recent release form the federal government cautions that Android operating systems may pose a security threat as Android “continues to be a primary target for malware attacks.” The leaked document explains that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are worried about the “44% of Android users” who “are still using versions 2.3.3-2.3.7.” These older versions from 2011 are open to three main security threats.

The one page report addressed police, fire, emergency medical services and security personal cautioning them to install security applications and antivirus software in order to protect government information and mitigate the effects of SMS (Text Message) Trojans, Rootkits or hidden malware and fake domains disguised as Google Play.

Marked as unclassified and for official use only, the document was leaked last week by Public Intelligence, an international information project. It also reported that Android faces 79% of security threats. This is because of its open system. Symbian is the target of another 19% while iOS, Blackberry and Windows Mobile attract less than one percent each of threats.

While the document is aimed at the “growing use of mobile devices by federal, state and local authorities,” it is a relevant caution for Android users worldwide as Android is the most widely used mobile operating system across the globe. Although these security holes have been fixed in updated versions of Android, many of the older versions known as Gingerbread” remain in use making their users prey for these three main security attacks.

The FBI’s cautions against the Android operating systems definitely highlight an interesting point. Is mobile security not where it should be in this day and age? It’s clear that the future of mobile technology will require better security, as more and more things get shifted to the cloud.

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