Sophos has announced that it thinks Android will be a big target this year for Facebook-based malware attacks. Sophos’ senior technology consultant Graham Cluley said, “The iPhone operates in a more controlled environment and the BlackBerry security model is fairly strong. Because Android operates in a more open environment, it’s more open to infections.”
Sophos thinks that malware will be sent to Android devices via Facebook messages and will be simple spam that relies on social engineering tricks. Sophos plans to publish a report next week outlining the threat in more detail.
Sophos’ announcement agrees with BitDefender, which published a report that said Facebook will become the biggest mobile malware threat. The fear is that Android users might get an infection that could lead to money grabbing schemes.
Via PC World