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Report: 1 out of every 5 Google Android apps are malware in disguise

1 out of every 5 Google Android apps .... MALWARE!!

Michael Hatamoto | Apr 27, 2015 at 12:09 pm CDT (1 min, 0 secs time to read)

Even though mobile malware targeting the Google Android operating system is increasing, actual infection rates are still relatively low, according to cybersecurity experts. Unfortunately, it looks like almost 1 out of every 5 Android apps were "malware in disguise," according to the newest Symantec Internet Security Threat Report.

Report: 1 out of every 5 Google Android apps are malware in disguise | TweakTown.com

Over one-third of all Android apps are "madware," or "grayware," designed to increase the number of ads that a mobile user sees. In addition, Symantec noted the first infection by mobile ransomware, which encrypts data on a victim's phone until a ransom is paid.

Android, the No. 1 mobile OS based on market share, has an open infrastructure that makes it even more flexible to use by each phone manufacturer - but also gives cybercriminals the ability to create better malicious apps.

Making sure anti-malware software is an important first step, while also keeping downloads limited to the Google Play Store is important. "Google does a good job of keeping malware out of the Store," said Kevin Haley, director of security response at Symantec, published in a statement by Yahoo Tech. "And if a malicious app does make it in there, they do a good job of finding it and getting rid of it."

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