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Android remains top target for malware: report

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(Read caption) Android is the primary target for mobile malware, according to a new report. Here, a user holds an HTC phone, powered by the Android operating system.

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It is very hard to escape Android phones this year. While Apple's iPhone remains the most coveted phone this Christmas, and RIM's BlackBerry handsets sink into early retirement, Google's Android operating system continues to gobble up shares of the mobile market. According to the most recent Nielsen report, Android phones currently account for 43 percent of the US market, compared to 39 percent in the quarter before. 

In June, Google said it was logging a half million Android activations everyday, worldwide. Meanwhile, Android has also reportedly become the leader in app downloads – an arena once dominated by Apple and its online App Store. But hey, you know what else Android is doing? Attracting an extremely large amount of malware.

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