Outdated versions of Android ‘put US Government at risk’ - Telegraph
The Department of Homeland Security and FBI have released a report saying officials who do not update their Android operating systems are putting institutions at risk.

The report suggests that Google’s operating system for mobile devices is particularly vulnerable “due to its market share and open source architecture.”

It showed that 79 per cent of malware attacks are made to users on Android – though this figure is unsurprising considering the Google operating system accounts for 79.3 per cent of the global market.

Half of these attacks came from malicious text messages, according to the report, while fake Google Play domains were also highlighted as a particular threat.

In an official memo to security personnel, the Department wrote: “Industry reporting indicates 44 per cent of Android users are still using versions 2.3.3 through 2.3.7 - known as Gingerbread - which were released in 2011 and have a number of security vulnerabilities that were fixed in later versions.

“The growing use of mobile devices by federal, state, and local authorities makes it more important than ever to keep mobile OS patched and up-to-date.”

The report also found that 19 per cent of malware attacks were targeted at the Nokia Symbian operating system – which has an estimated 0.2 per cent market share.

Apple’s iOS and Microsoft Windows were each the target of less than one per cent of total malware threats, according to the report.