Thursday, December 15, 2011

Report: Malicious Android apps double in six months

The number of malicious Android apps mobile security firm Lookout has identified in less than six months has doubled to 1,000, according to a report released on Tuesday.

The vast majority of those dubious apps are found in third-party app stores and alternatives to the official Android Market, the company said.
"2011 has seen the emergence of a credible field of Android malware with a four-percent yearly likelihood of an Android user encountering malware, which was a significant increase compared to the beginning of the year. In the beginning of 2011 we measured a one-percent yearly likelihood," Lookout said in its report, entitled Malwarenomics: 2012 Mobile Malware Predictions.

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