Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Android Malware Quadrupled in Six Months

Android malware samples quadrupled between June 2010 and January 2011, according to a report from Juniper Networks and BullGuard mobile security released Monday.

The figure itself means little, since the size of the Android Market more than tripled from 80,000 to 300,000 apps between August 2010 and May 2011, but as cybercriminals become more sophisticated Android users need to start protecting their phones like they would their computers.

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The greatest mobile malware risk comes from legitimate apps that have been injected with malicious software and re-packaged for app stores, Juniper wrote. DroidDream, HongTouTou, and Geinimi all used this method.


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