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Android was the home of 96 percent of the new “mobile threat families” over the last three months of last year, a new report said.

Of 100 new threat families detected in that quarter, 96 of them were based on Android, up from the previous quarter’s 49 out of 74, and only 4 were resident on Symbian, down from 21 in the previous quarter, according to F-Secure’s latest Mobile Threat Report. The numbers are for newly detected families of malware only and do not reflect overall numbers found in the wild.

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There were no new malware families found for iOS, J2ME, BlackBerry or Windows Mobile at the end of last year, F-Secure researchers said. Over all of 2012, 79 percent of the malware families found were for Android, 19 percent for Symbian and less than 1 percent each for the four other platforms. The findings seem to confirm the makers of malware have set their sights firmly upon Android.

F-Secure does include various hacking and monitoring tools, spyware and even anti-theft software for tracking stolen phones on their lists of possible threats, on the basis that some of it may have been installed without the owner’s knowledge.

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Of the threats in the last quarter though, 53 percent were Trojans, 27 percent were “riskware,” and 10% were monitoring tools.

The company also saw a swing toward profit-motivated mobile malware with 173 of the 301 threats in the year being profit motivated, compared to 2011 where it was a near half and half split. Of the 173 profit-motivated threats, 141 were on Android.

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