“Mobile malware in the Android ecosystem has grown by over 40 percent in the past few months, researchers say,” Charlie Osborne reports for ZDNet.

“A new report issued by Trend Micro says that high-risk, malicious app rates found in the Google Play store rose to 718,000 at the end of the second quarter in comparison to 509,000 in the first quarter of this year,” Osborne reports. “The number of malicious Android apps in circulation surged by over 350,000 in this time period — which originally took three years to reach when Google’s Android operating system became established.”

Osborne reports, “The researchers note that the discovery of the ‘master key”‘ vulnerability in Android’s security model was the most crucial revelation this year. Last month, a team from Bluebox Security found a vulnerability which could allow attacks to convert 99 percent of apps into a trojan — which could then be used to steal data or connect to botnets without the user knowing.”

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MacDailyNews Take: “Open.” As in, wide.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]

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