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Malicious Android files on a major growth path

updated 08:00 pm EDT, Tue April 26, 2011

Android malware sees huge increase since fall

Internet security company Kaspersky has released some numbers that show there are 70 different types of malware out there for the Android operating system. According to PCWorld, this represents a major growth, as in September there were just two viruses, Kaspersky found. There are little checks in place to prevent this, as developers need to sign up to the Android Marketplace for $25.

Google's protection systems include a "sandbox" environment that runs the apps in separate memory hives that should technically protect the whole phone or mobile device from being compromised. Google can also remove apps it finds them to be malicious remotely after they have been installed. Users are also informed of what hardware components of the phone are used by each app.

Malware reached more than an estimated 400,000 phones with DroidDream malware last month.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. cvbcvb

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2003

    +20

    Platform

    Just think, without Android there would be all these virus and malware coders only working on Windows exploits. Now these coders can diversify to the Android platform. That should keep them busy...

    CVB

  1. facebook_Pete

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    +17

    Android "Fanboewsque" care to comment on this?

    Would love to see the negative points you guys receive on this.

  1. cmoney

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 2000

    +17

    Ok here goes:

    Android is more popular so hackers are now targeting the more popular platform! Just like the Windows days, have fun in relative obscurity iOSers.

    Wait what?

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  1. imNat-imadouche

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    -47

    Price of freedom

    Android platform is like America. The land of the free!
    iOS on the other hand is like China. Everything controlled and run by the communist government. People have no choice and no freedom

  1. Hash

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Apr 2001

    +17

    comment title

    Actually Android is spying on everything and everything reported to Google. Android itself is a spyware

  1. facebook_Raul

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    -9

    Lol

    My ex just got the Regza is04 Hahahah!

  1. Cronocide

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    Joined: Nov 2010

    +7

    It's True and Getting Harder to Deny

    Android is the next Windows. Sure, some may call it more "open", but in the end, it will be the iUsers that have an easier and funner time with computers in general.

    So Android users can go off the path a bit and do their own thing. In a world with a single technological destination, you won't get very far.

  1. macnews1

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    Joined: Mar 2011

    +6

    imadouche - pretty much

    Funny, people can choose an iPhone OR an Android but wait THERE'S MORE! They can also choose Windows phone, RIM phones and WebOS phones (soon). Hmmm, seems like a lot of choice.

    Oh wait, I know, you meant there isn't any choice or freedom on the iOS store sorry youradouche! Yes, there are so few choices, I mean what only 300,000+ apps vs the 100k+ on Android. Oh, and there are many free apps, paid apps, better maintained apps and no malware apps. There is choice and Android is more like an unruly and uncivilized world.

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  1. facebook_Clarence

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    -16

    It's still worth it.

    I'd rather get AIDS than use another iOS device.

    - Sent from my Android device.

  1. nat

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    Joined: Mar 2002

    +5

    oh dear

    now clarence, sit down. listen. very. carefully.

    if you think that was "wit" then you need to find someone to write for you cause, and no offense here, you suck at it.

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