Too often the words “open and free” can be summarized with a single word, “infection,” thus presenting an increasingly dire situation that Google and its Android partners ignore at their peril.
Citing Juniper Networks analyst Dan Hoffman, Bloomberg is reporting a string of dangling statistics and supporting quotes about Android security designed to instill shock, awe and fear. For example, Juniper claims a 472 percent jump in Android app viruses since July with bogus versions of apps, like Angry Birds, on third-party sites being the leading transmission vector.
“You’re not going to see nearly the number of infections on Apple as you see on Android,” said Dan Hoffman, analyst, Juniper Networks. “The open nature of the Android system makes it more susceptible to attack. If it’s on a third-party site, Google can’t remove it.”
Just say no
To date, the most common variety of malevolent app (55 percent) carries a spyware payload, which gathers user data and sends it to hackers.
“Applications can do anything,” says Latha Maripuri, director, security services, IBM. “They can access your bank account through the data that you may have stored on your e-mail. They can access whatever company data you’ve uploaded. We’ve really seen a rise in threats and we expect this to grow.”
If a computer is connected to the internet, it can be hacked. Nevertheless, mobile malware’s rise puts in proper perspective those “buy one, get one” Android promotions carriers advertise…
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