Android app malware rates skyrocket 40 percent in last quarter

“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.”

Read more in the full article here.

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

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

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32 Comments

    1. It must be disappointing to see how little most of the Android user have after they hack into that Android crap. They bought cheap often because that is all they could afford. Hard to max out a already maxed out credit cards or Android phones used by teenagers.

      1. No kiddin’.
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          1. So asking for respect for half the population = liberal left wing shit. Hmmm. Very interesting.

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            Or, maybe another way to look at it is – in your own terms – as much right as he has to say what he wants, I have an EQUAL RIGHT to say what I want to say. How can you possibly criticize that? To do so is blazingly ridiculous.

  1. Surprised it took this long for the flood gates to open. Still, for Google, there’s no solution to this short of shutting down the app store to stem future problems.

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