Malware attack on mobile devices, especially on Android platform, has surged in recent times, the computer security software maker McAfee said.

According to McAfee report, malware threat on Android device raised to 76 per cent since last quarter, making it the most vulnerable OS in the market. The report noted Android as the ‘most attacked mobile operating system.’

“This year we have seen record breaking numbers of malware, especially on mobile devices, where the uptick is in direct correlation to popularity,” Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs, said in a statement.

Android over took Nokia’s Symbian OS as the most popular target for mobile malware developers. The rise of malware attack on Android may help cyber criminals to steal personal data from Android users.

The security firm added that these malwares may appear in “everything from calendar apps, to comedy apps to SMS messages to a fake Angry Birds updates”.

Interestingly, the report revealed that the hacker groups LulzSec and Anonymous were some of the prominent cyber news generators in 2011 Q2.