FORTUNE -- The memo, prepared by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Intelligence and Analysis and released last Friday, is titled Threats to Mobile Devices Using the Android Operating System. It's stamped UNCLASSIFIED/FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY, but it's the kind of information you'd think the government might want to share with the mobile phone buying public as well.
On the face of it, the purpose of the report, unearthed and published by Public Intelligence, is to alert police and other security personnel to the risks of relying on phones that run on Google's (GOOG) Android platform. Citing Android's dominant market share and open source software, the report notes that it accounted in 2012 for nearly four out of five malware attacks.
Apple's (AAPL) iOS, by contrast, accounted for fewer than one in a 100.
But given that the report also includes a handy summary to the most prominent forms of mobile malware (copied below) it could also serve as a primer for cops interested in tapping into mobile devices for their own purposes.
The Next Web's Josh Ong notes that as bad as Android looked in the government's alert, it looked worse in Juniper Networks' third annual malware survey, which reported in June that Google's OS was responsible for 92% of all mobile malware
Australian police warn drivers that relying on the iPhone's app can be "life threatening"
FORTUNE -- Driving to the rural city of Mildura (pop. 30,000) from downtown Melbourne is a long trek in the best of circumstances -- six or seven hours depending on traffic.
But the trip can be a nightmare for travelers using the Map app that comes installed in Apple's (AAPL) newest iPhones.
The app shows Mildura about 70 km MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 10, 2012 1:39 PM ET
The maker of the handy defense weapon is putting a focus on its new video-surveillance system for police officers.
By Daniel Roberts, reporter
FORTUNE -- "Don't tase me, bro!" The phrase is familiar to pretty much anyone that was alive and consuming news in 2007: Andrew Meyer, a senior at the University of Florida at the time, shouted it before campus police shot him with a Taser ECD (electronic control device). A MORESep 6, 2011 12:17 PM ET
Another Apple employee loses an iPhone prototype in a bar. I smell a movie script.
The tech press is never happier than when it's in hot pursuit of the next Apple (AAPL) iPhone. Almost any clue will do -- a purloined case design, a blurry factory photo, a leaked production estimate from a sketchy Asian news source.
That's what made last year's saga of the prototype iPhone 4 -- lost in a MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 3, 2011 11:37 AM ET
As more crimes are committed online, or with the help of online data, police departments are banding together to share tech tips and catch wrongdoing wherever it occurs.
There are times when the invasion of privacy is a good thing -- like when you're fighting bad guys. After all, criminals have also benefited from all of those new technologies that we enjoy, using digital tools for everything from defrauding credit cards MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Dec 16, 2010 10:39 AM ET
Another country loses it over Streetview data.
Korean Googlers today received an unexpected visit in the form of a raid by police this morning. The cops were after that Steetview data that Google had admitted to erroneously collecting many months ago and any information they could find related to its spying on Korean citizens.
"(The police) have been investigating Google (GOOG) Korea LLC on suspicion of unauthorized collection and storage of data on unspecified MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 10, 2010 8:55 AM ET
Cops break open front door and seize computers in investigation of lost iPhone prototype
It looks like the police are taking this pretty seriously.
Armed with a search warrant, members of California's Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team broke into a private home Friday night and seized computers and other electronic equipment, according to a report posted Monday on Gizmodo.
The home belonged to Jason Chen, the Gizmodo editor who published photographs and videos MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 26, 2010 5:37 PM ET
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