Android radiation

And ... here we go. An analyst at Kaspersky Lab Americas says Android likely face a spate of attacks in 2010. Roel Schouwenberg, whose company coincidentally sells computer security tools, told USA Today [full story here] that "the first malicious programs for these mobile platforms appeared in 2009, a sure sign that they have aroused the interest of cybercriminals."

M'kay. Hard to argue with that logic. But wait. There's more.

'Android users, in particular, seem ripe for plundering. "The increasing popularity of mobile phones running the Android operating system, combined with a lack of effective checks to ensure third-party software applications are secure, will lead to a number of high-profile malware outbreaks," he says.

OK, let's make sure we've got this straight:

  1. If "cybercriminals" attack something, it's a sign they're interested in it.
  2. Because Android is growing in popularity, it ensures high-profile attacks.

Is it just us, or does it sound like Mr. Schouwenberg's up to something? But in all seriousness, let's worry about what it is we need to worry about. The odds of "hackers" (you know, those guys in black hats) hijacking your phone aren't that great. An occasional malicious application is a threat on any platform. But do you see iPhones -- which number in the millions and have had more than 1 billion application downloads -- droppingi dead? While the Android Market doesn't quite have the same checks and balances of Apple's App store or even Microsoft's Windows Marketplace for Mobile, it does have 16,000 official applications and widgets in it thus far (and some are estimating 150,000 this time next year, and there are plenty of apps available outside of the Market.

Me? I'm more worried about leaving my phone in a cab.