Mobile hacking experts have predicted a ‘bad future’ for Android in the face of an increased malware threat.
Speaking at the Black Hat Europe conference, Dan Guido, a researcher for security firm Trail of Bits, claimed Google Play’s weak app submission system means that Android owners are an easier target for hackers than users of Apple’s iOS.
“Android definitely has a bad future in front of them, they’re going to keep being exploited,” stated Guido.
Developers have to pay $99 for an account and submit a wealth of personal data to comply with Apple’s App Store. In comparison, the Google Play store charges $25 for registration and only requires users to fill out an online form.
“Say what you will about police states, but they keep down the crime,” Guido joked about the effectiveness of Apple’s strict measures.
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