The amount of malware directed at Android handsets has dramatically surged by 475 per cent since July this year, according to Juniper Networks.
The Global Threat Center, Juniper’s mobile threat network, states October and November are expected up to become the fastest growing months ever for Android malware, with blame for the dangerous trend being placed on the loosely regulated nature of Google’s Android Market.
“What happens when anyone can develop and publish an application to the Android Market? A 472% increase in Android malware samples since July 2011,” Juniper wrote in a blog post.
“These days, it seems all you need is a developer account, that is relatively easy to anonymize, pay $25 and you can post your applications. With no upfront review process, no one checking to see that your application does what it says, just the world’s largest majority of smartphone users skimming past your application’s description page with whatever description of the application the developer chooses to include.”
To put this headline grabbing statistic in perspective, Juniper hasn’t disclosed the actual numbers behind the percentage meaning the figure itself is likely to reamin relatively small. In October, Kaspersky Labs claimed researchers had detected 1,916 malicious Android programs which is minuscule amount compared to the Android Market’s total of 370,000 apps.
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