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Android attracts 112 times more malware than Apple's iOS

March 7, 2013: 12:55 PM ET

Chart of the day: Mobile threats by platform, 2012

Source: F-Secure

Source: F-Secure

FORTUNE -- Phil Schiller, Apple's (AAPL) ebullient senior VP for marketing, was doing his thing on Twitter Thursday, alerting his 67,866 followers that Google's (GOOG) Android platform accounted for 79% of all mobile malware in 2012.

His tweet:

@pschiller: Be safe out there: f-secure.com/static/doc/lab…

What he doesn't mention is that iOS threats, which were nonexistent in 2010 and 2011, showed up on F-Secure's radar for the first time in 2012.

On the other hand, iOS came out unscathed in F-Secure's report for the fourth quarter of 2012, while new Android variants registered a sharp spike, accounting for 96% of the malware attacks on mobile devices worldwide. See below:

Source: F-Secure

Source: F-Secure

F-Secure's Mobile Threat Report for Q4 2012

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