Mobile security is a growing Android issue

Mobile security is a growing Android issue

Security expert SophosLab has claimed that Android phones are particularly vulnerable to malware attacks.

The firm examined malware statistics and discovered that there are five leading types of malicious attacks that pose a threat to Android devices.

One that was highlighted by the organisation signs users up for a premium rate service but reads SMS messages to remove warnings that the person is being charged.

Graham Cluley, senior security consultant at Sophos, said that the volume of malware discovered during the analysis indicates that mobile security is a "growing problem, especially on Android".

With more and more firms embracing the bring your own device trend and allowing staff to use their own Android devices, the problem could continue to grow and have further consequences for businesses.

"Criminals are creating more and more targeted malware for different platforms, and smartphone users need to wise up to the fact that security is no longer limited to PCs, but mobiles and tablets are also at risk if not sufficiently protected," Mr Cluley added.