Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Android users be careful: malware infected apps twice compared to six months ago

When it comes to mobile OS platforms it is dominated by Apple's iOS and the Google Android OS. Android sales have been growing in the resent past and is giving tough fight to the iOS market. But this popularity came for a cost to Google the numbers of the malware infected apps are growing and growing and in the last six months it has just doubled.
 The report estimates that 500,000 users of Android were affected by malware in the first half of the year. During the first half of the year, apps with malware inside went from 80 to 400. The two most common malware attacks against Android devices are DroidDream and GGTracker. DroidDream was found in more than 80 apps and was designed to take over a device. GGTracker is thought to be the first malware to steal money from Android users by signing them up for premium text services. The services the app registered people for were $10 to $50 per service. The report shows that so-called malvertizing, a ploy to use ads to shoot users to infected site for malware download is a common attack method. Another method of attack is to offer a free legitimate app and then after the user base grows attackers update the app with malware.

[via android community]


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