We all know Android Market is increasingly afflicted by malware, but I do not think any of us has thought is was as bad as this.
According to security firm named Dasient, of the 10,000 Android apps they studied, 800 or 8% turned out to be malware, engaging in activities such as stealing data, e.g email account passwords, sending premium SMS messages, trying to spread to users in oneâ€™s contact list by sending SMS messages with links to your friends, and even stealing IMEI and IMSI numbers, allowing for the mass cloning of a userâ€™s phone.
Dasient CTO Neil Daswani also stated that the amount of infected applications has doubled over the last two years, and the issue does not just involve trojan apps â€“ even browser-based â€œdrive by downloadsâ€ have come to the platform.
This occurred earlier this year when a malicious website advertised cheats for the extremely popular mobile game Angry Birds. Another attempt happened last month with malware masking as Angry Birds add-ons.
Google has so far done little to stem the tide, and with the rise of increasingly popular 3rd party marketplaces there may in fact be very little they can do â€“ with the platform never taking security seriously this may simply be a cost Android users will have to bear.
Windows Phone 7 users are protected by a curated app store with strict sandboxing of apps. I suspect we will not be needing to download antivirus software for our phones anytime soon.
Read more at Darkreadings.com
Thanks Guy for the tip.