Android viruses up 472% since July

November 15, 2011

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.”

And, this is a story we’ve been reading for months — mobile malware on Android is increasing rapidly.

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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5 Responses to “Android viruses up 472% since July”

  1. Joey V:

    Well I knew that Android has a lot of viruses, but I wasn’t expecting a number like %472! That is outrageous! I guess it comes with the “open and free” platform that many Androids can be had with. No matter, I am pretty sure that iPhones can get hacked and viruses, since they also run third party apps. I wonder how this will affect phone makers in the future.

  2. Bob D Bob:

    I’m outraged! Wait, I’m American — we’re allways outraged.

    Never mind.

  3. steve:

    This crapticle… NOT TRUE. Just FUD!

  4. DonD:

    Android viruses are the reason I (reluctantly) bought an iPhone. At least Apple scans Apps for viruses before they are made available for download.

    Aren’t there services out there that will do the same for Android? I suppose that even if there are, there is no guarantee that 14-year-olds will use them.

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