Usage of Google’s Android mobile platform is growing at an exponential rate; unfortunately, so is the malware being developed to attack it.
On Monday came the news of the Malicious Mobile Threats Report 2010/2011, released last week by the Juniper Networks Global Threat Center, that reveals a frightening statistic: since the summer of 2010, “Android malware has surged 400 percent.” What is to blame? According to eWEEK’s Fahmida Y. Rashid, the report cites user naiveté and general nonchalance as a major reason for malware developers putting a big 'bulls-eye' on the Android platform.
All of this begs the question: As Android sales continue to rise at exponential rates and overtake sales of all other smartphone platforms, at what point does someone tell Google it needs to do a better job of policing its app store?
May 18, 2011