“Android malware is on the rise,” Dan Tynan reports for Yahoo Tech.

“According to Symantec’s latest Internet Security Threat Report, ’17 percent of all Android apps (nearly one million total) were actually malware in disguise.’ In 2013, Symantec uncovered roughly 700,000 virus-laden apps,” Tynan reports. “Symantec used its Norton Mobile Insight software to crawl more than 200 Android app stores, downloading and analyzing more than 50,000 apps and app updates each day in 2014.”

“Most of the malware found by Symantec tries to steal personal data like phone numbers and contact lists, which are then sold on the Internet’s black market, says Haley,” Tynan reports. “Some may cause your phone to send text messages to premium SMS services, automatically adding charges to your monthly bill. Other apps may pelt you with ads that pop up randomly over other applications. Some apps even change your default ringtone to an advertisement, Haley says.”

“As for iOS?” Tynan reports. “Symantec found a grand total of 3 infected apps in the iTunes store in 2014. Last year it found zero.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Our Lady of Perpetual Beta’s hastily-assembled iOS knockoff is the Typhoid Mary of mobile.

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

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