Juniper: Android Malware Increases 472% Since July

Posted Nov 16, 2011

According to the Juniper Global Threat Center, malware on the Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android mobile operating system has increased 472% since July 2011.

?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,? stated Juniper in a report. ?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.?

?The main reason for the malware epidemic on Android is because of different approaches that Apple and Google take to police their application stores,? added Juniper. ?Android?s open applications store model, which the lacks code signing and an application review process that Apple requires, makes it easy for attackers to distribute their malware.?

[Loop Insight]