One Third of Android Apps Are Compromised by Malware, According to British Telecom

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  • 28 Jul 2012
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  • We already suspected as much, but now it turns out that British Telecom confirms that one third of Android apps are compromised by malware. It also seems that almost every Android device is infected.

    I am sure Google disagrees with British Telecom, but one thing is for sure: everyone knows that Android malware is real. A British Telecom security expert made these claims, while speaking at the NetEvents Americas conference. He says that the company analyzed over 1,000 Android applications and found a third of them to be compromised with either active or dormant malware. Jill Knesek, head of global security practice at British Telecom said that almost every device is compromised with malware, although it’s not clear if the code is active or not.

    Considering that even the Apple Store was found to include a trojan, the news doesn’t surprise me a bit. It’s important to note that the 1k Android apps chosen by BT for analysis may not have been random, but rather specifically picked. British Telecom has a bone to pick with Google, having sued them over Android and other products last year.

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