Android security panic has hit Defcon 1. Security solutions firm NQ Mobile reports malware attacks on Google's open-source mobile operating system more than doubled in 2012, infecting 32.8 million devices worldwide, and the problem looks like it will get worse before it gets better. Lookout Mobile Security recently identified BadNews, a new malware family discovered in 32 Android applications with combined download totals between 2 million and 9 million.
While Apple's walled-garden ecosystem has traditionally spared its iOS mobile operating system from the malware threats plaguing Google open-source Android platform, researchers say that iOS device profiles used by mobile operators could offer hackers a means to attack iPhones.
Apple Senior President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller took a potshot at rival Google following a report that its open-source Android operating system is to blame for close to 80 percent of all mobile malware threats identified in 2012.
New Android malware applications intended to wreak havoc on both mobile and desktop devices have been discovered in the Google Play storefront, software security firm Kaspersky Lab reports.
Samsung Electronics is at work to patch a security flaw afflicting a number of devices running Google's Android, leaving them exposed to malicious apps that could result in hackers gaining root level permissions.
Developers have identified a security flaw afflicting a number of Samsung Electronics devices running Google's Android, leaving them exposed to malicious apps that could result in hackers gaining root level permissions.
An estimated 18 million Android users will encounter mobile malware between the beginning of 2012 and the conclusion of 2013, according to a new forecast published by Lookout Mobile Security. The firm adds that the likelihood users will encounter malware or spyware threats depends heavily on their geography and behavior.
An application verification service built into Google's new Android 4.2 mobile operating system update identifies only 15.32 percent of known malware, according to a study published by Xuxian Jiang, an associate professor of computer science at North Carolina State University.
Despite Google's ongoing efforts to eliminate threats from its Play storefront, security firm F-Secure identified 51,447 unique samples of Android malware during the third-quarter of 2012, up from 5,033 the previous quarter.