Android vulnerabilities escalate: report

Trend Micro Q2 research reveals 41% surge in ‘malicious’ apps from previous quarter

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Android vulnerabilities escalate: report The number of malicious and high-risk Android apps has grown to 718,000 in the second quarter. (Getty Images)
By Staff Writer Published  August 12, 2013

Android vulnerabilities, increased online banking threats and availability of sophisticated, inexpensive malware toolkits are among the growing concerns cited in Trend Micro's Q2 2013 Security Roundup Report.

The report is a quarterly analysis by Trend Micro's Threat Analysis Team that describes cyber-security threats from the previous quarter combined with analysis to evaluate and anticipate emerging attacks.

Android devices are directly in the crosshairs of hackers as threats proliferate and the user-base of the Google-owned mobile platform expands with little thought given to security, according to the report. It shows the number of malicious and high-risk Android apps has grown to 718,000 in the second quarter - a massive increase from the 509,000 high-risk apps found in the previous quarter.

These malicious apps are on track to exceed 1m by year's end, as predicted by Trend Micro in the 2013 forecast. By way of comparison, it took a decade for PC malware to amass this number.

According to Linda Barrabee, research director, Connected Intelligence at The NPD Group, only 30% of all Android smartphones and tablets in the US, have any type of security app installed today.

This fact, Trend Micro warns, combined with the Android network's systemic problems leave a large number of Android devices exposed to a risk that will continue to spread.

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