∞ Android sees a 472% increase in malware since July

Android is definitely winning… the race for the most malware, that is.

According to a new study from the Juniper Global Threat Center, malware on Android rose an incredible 472% since July 2011. That’s only a few months.

“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,” wrote Juniper in its 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.”

And that is where Apple sets itself apart. When developers submit apps to the App Store, they have to go through rigorous checks to make sure the app meets Apple’s guidelines.

“The main reason for the malware epidemic on Android is because of different approaches that Apple and Google take to police their application stores,” wrote 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.”

Sure, apps have slipped through and Apple has made some mistakes in the past, but at least they are not approving apps willy-nilly.

And if you think things can only get better on Android, think again.

“The Juniper Global Threat Center found that the months of October and November are shaping up to see the fastest growth in Android malware discovery in the history of the platform,” wrote Juniper.



  • Anonymous

    if you rename your android phone to something ending in _nomalware google won’t upload malware to your phone anymore.

    • George Torres

      That’s just stupid

  • http://twitter.com/holaMau Mau Sandoval

    So open… like a hooker living in a hotel filled with horny people.

    • Anonymous

      LOL. Very good analogy. But I think it is even more open… It makes you the hooker in their hotel.

      • http://twitter.com/holaMau Mau Sandoval

        Gah!

  • http://twitter.com/Moeskido Moeskido

    And this is why Charlie Miller posted his malware on Apple’s store. Had he done so with Android instead, he’d be just another voice in the crowd.

    • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

      This is also the reason why Apple reacted the way it did in Miller’s case: Apple can’t have customers doubt the integrity and safety of the AppStore, it’s the thing that sets it apart from most other software stores.

  • jpmhughes

    “Sure, apps have slipped through and Apple has made some mistakes in the past, but at least they are not approving apps willy-nilly.”

    Exactly. No platform is perfect but at least Apple tries to minimize it as much as possible. Something the naysayers never seem to mention nor care to much about. Par for the course I suppose.

  • $390AShareIsTrulyExciting!}:-D

    Malware = Android app straight from Google Market

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WTRPUZQ4OJEYNFACU4TSFYNCBU Stevelev

    Windows Phone is far more controlled and methodical. They know exactly every api the application has included and thus could access. They know exactly how much memory will be used and ensure the app notifies the user. It is far safer than Apple in nearly every way.

    Apple has proven fickle as some apps that should be rejected are accepted and some good apps are rejected.

    Android has no vetting process whatsoever and it is well known (you get what you pay for….).

  • Crutis

    Am I the only one who finds the lack of numbers in this article misleading? 472%? So … show me total number of active handsets, then show me the total number of infected handsets. Just because there are a number of malware apps, and that number got bigger doesn’t mean it affected anyone … lazy reporting.

    • Anonymous

      McAfee’s 2011 Q2 Threat Report indicated that back then there were 720 malware apps and exploits for Android versus virtually zero for Apple’s iOS.

      Way back in September 2010 a nasty wallpaper Trojan was downloaded 4 million times before being rejected from the Android Marketplace.

      We are talking a big problem here for Android.

  • http://twitter.com/JustSomeHuman Phil Ershler

    “They know exactly how much memory will be used and ensure the app notifies the user.” And the average phone user is going to what with that information? “It is far safer than Apple in nearly every way.” And your proof for this is what? Just making the statement doesn’t make it true.

  • Joe

    Are these different malware items, or multiple occurences of the same item? Do they come from the Official Android Market, or a third party market?One example shown had the phone user downloading a crack from a Russian web site. Now, nothing against our fine Russian friends, but if you download a software crack instead of going through official channels to buy an app, then you deserve to by pwned by malware.

  • Twait90

    iphone users

  • http://www.dellnotebookakku.de/ akku

    No platform is perfect but at least Apple tries to minimize it as much as possible. Something the naysayers never seem to mention nor care to much about. Par for the course I suppose.