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Mobile Malware Increases Chances of Infection in Android

Aug 17, 2011, 18:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Emily Cartman)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"About 1%-5% Android users have had infected phones by June, and these are just the reported numbers. The actual cases are much more, where users don't know that their phones are infected with malware.

"Kevin Mahaffey, the CTO and co-founder of San Francisco branch of Lookout, disclosed some startling statistics: there were 80 different types of Android malware in January 2011, and the numbers rose to 400 in June. The numbers have risen again in July and August, but the stats have not yet been disclosed. This is a threatening situation for Android users, who are quickly switching to newer and better security mechanisms to keep their phones and tablets safe from the rising risk of virus problems."

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