New virus threats for Android devices are outpacing viruses for Windows at a rate of 14-to-3, and cybercriminals have also shifted their attention to social media and even Mac OSX.
One of the unintended consequences for the smartphone and tablet makers who have helped to build a
post-PC world is that their actions are swiftly ushering in the era of the post-PC virus threat. Trend Micro\’s latest report shows that there are currently 350,000 detectable threats for devices that run Android.
To put that into some sort of perspective, it has taken three years for Android to hit this mark, whereas it took 14 years for the same number of virus threats to develop for the Windows-powered PC. What\’s more, Trend Micro is predicting that the number is on course to hit 1 million by the end of 2013.
As well as targeting mobile devices, making matters worse is that cybercriminals have started to exploit weaknesses in Java, rather than Windows, meaning that all types of computer, including Macs, are being put at risk each time a user launches the browser. It is also the reason why Apple recently released a patch for its operating system that essentially purges its computers of all use and recognition of Java.
Social media sites such as Facebook are also proving a popular target for cybercrime. Whether it\’s through counterfeit apps or messages pretending to be from friends, accounts being hacked and used to target the owner\’s friends, or simply that users are over-sharing information on their unguarded profile to the point where identity theft is simply a matter of time.Google+