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Android Successful Enough To Get Hacked

There are two theories as to why Windows is so often compromised. One is that when it comes to security, Windows is just lousy software. The other side is that Windows is so pervasive that hackers can't resist going after it.

Those of the second opinion can find supporting evidence by looking at Android, which is now coming under fire from hackers.

And it isn't just an attack here and there. On the first quarter of this year there were 5,000 malware programs going after Android. In the next three-month period, that shot up to 15,000.

Once issue is that like Windows and unlike the iPhone and iPad, Android has a pretty open software market. This increases the likelihood that you just won't get infected when clicking malicious links, but when downloading applications.

These attacks come in two forms: Some give hackers control of Android devices through backdoors., while more prevalent attacks are done with data stealing Trojans.

Is Windows compromised because it's bad, popular or both? Answers welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 10/17/2012 at 1:19 PM


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