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Thursday, 17 November 2011 10:10

Android malware becomes major source of concern

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Up 472% in just four months

According to a new study by Juniper, Android malware is becoming a serious concern at an alarming pace.

The number of trojans, viruses and other pests has jumped 472 percent since July. Worse, the trend seems to be accelerating and most of the malware appeared in the last two months.

Juniper notes that malware growth is out of proportion of Android’s market share gains and it seems to be a result of Google’s liberal policies towards app developers. In addition, Google and phone makers are failing to deliver timely updates for many phones. The result? A staggering 90 percent of all Android phones run out of date OS versions, leaving the door open to malware.

Juniper’s advice to Android users is to grab some antivirus software, as Google is clearly losing the malware battle. It might be a time for Google to revise its update and app screening policies if it is to prevent Android from turning into a smartphone version of Typhoid Mary.

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0 #1 Ferdinand 2011-11-17 11:01
Bring on the FUD!
-3 #2 milkod2001 2011-11-17 11:54
Google should buy some company which makes proper antivirus application(Kas persky, NOD like etc .) and just implement it into its Android OS directly. Customers will get auto updates of virus signatures/database without hassle and have better chance to have their phones protected. Not many know how to flash ROM or even find and install proper antivirus into phone. That would be the easiest solution.I think
0 #3 Exodite 2011-11-17 11:59
472% of what?

What's the actual infection percentage, does anyone even know?

And what's an 'out of date OS version'?

What security issues are there with not running 2.3.5? Or indeed Froyo?

Horrible article.
-4 #4 Dagrim 2011-11-17 12:14
here's your almighty linux based secure software!
+2 #5 logos 2011-11-17 13:30
Mobile platform security is an important issue, no matter what OS you're using.

However, the report these kinds of posts are being based on is quite deliberately sensationalist. 472% increase certainly seems scary - my, what a big number it is! But if you dig around and pull out the numbers, it's obviously a tempest in a teapot:

To summarize:
The number of malware apps on the Android Marketplace has risen from 29 to 137; not exactly earth shattering. To look at it another way: 0.037% of all available apps on the market.

I call shenanigans.

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