Wellington: Google`s Android is the most popular OS for mobiles yet it is the most vulnerable to malware attacks as revealed by a study conducted by the US Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
According to their study, Android despite being the dominant platform is the primary target of malware attacks as users do not upgrade the software to its higher version.
Android was a target for 79 percent of all malware threats to mobile operating systems in 2012 with text messages representing about half of the malicious applications, Stuff.co.nz reports.
Contrary, Nokia`s Symbian was targeted by about 19 percent of such attacks while Apple`s i OS, Microsoft`s Windows and Blackberry systems faced less than one percent of malware attacks.
Both the DHS and the FBI denied commenting on the matter and their report said that Android continues to be a primary target due to its market share and open source architecture, the report added.