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Android Malware Soars 1000% in Last Three Months

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes | about 2 years ago

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DavidGilbert99 writes "Just under one year ago, Google's open-source programs manager Chris DiBona called anti-virus companies "scammers and charlatans" for selling mobile anti-virus software, claiming there was no problem with malware on the Android platform.#

Today, Finnish security firm F-Secure has published its latest report which shows it detected over 50,000 unique instances of Android malware in the three months to the end of September 2012.

This show an increase of over 1,000% compared to the second quarter of 2012, and highlights a growing problem for Google and its Android software.

The increase also comes about despite the introduction of Bouncer, an additional layer of security on the Google Play store, that scans new and existing apps and developer accounts for malicious activity.

The majority of the 51,477 pieces of malware detected are Russian- and Chinese-based, with most making money by dialling premium-rate numbers."

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