A security company by the name of Juniper Global Threat Centre has reported that malware in ‘open source’ Android OS have increased by about 472% in the last four months alone. The firm also pointed out the main cause of this massive increase.
They say that lack of sturdy application review system, ease of making a developer’s account and just 25$ fee for posting new software is the main cause of such malware increase on the Android market.
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.
This is not the first time that such a huge increase has been seen on Android platform. From 2009 to the summer of 2010 Juniper noted a 400 percent increase in malware applications. Nevertheless, the current rise has somewhat moved this previous record to a lower category. This month alone has so far seen a 111 percent rise in malware and almost 55 percent of the attacks came from Spyware while SMS Trojans made up the rest.
Juniper also reported that all hackers’ eyes are now on Android possibly due to its large market share and growing popularity.
Juniper is not only one that has given such warnings to Android users; security firms such as Lookout and McAfee as well as Retrevo have publicly criticized Android’s low filter policy and have praised Apple’s approach towards such a grieve problem.
Android will have to do something very quickly to gain that trust back of security firms as well as their users otherwise we would see its downfall soon.