Android has almost no malware in the US (but a lot in Asia)

Posted on Thursday, Mar 27 2014 @ 10:45 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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A report by Finnish security firm F-Secure found that even though 97 percent of mobile malware focuses on Android, a lot depends on where you live. The company found that Android malware is nearly non-existent in the US, but it's rampant in smaller Asian and Middle Eastern third-party app stores.

The researchers estimate 1 in 1,000 apps on the official Google Play store contain malware, a number that's only slightly higher than other app stores like Apple's App Store and Microsoft's Windows Phone Store.

The story is very different when you take a look at third-party app stores, Baidu for instance has a malware rate of 8 percent, and most other fast-growing app stores in China were also found to have a malware rate between 5 and 8 percent. The most extreme case is Android159, a third of the apps offered by this website contained malware!

The safest way to get apps of you live in China is to get a repackaged version of the Play Store with a spoofed country code.
One third-party app store -- Android159 (it exists, but we're not sure of its location) -- had roughly 33.3 percent of its apps outed as pirated copies of Google Play apps rebundled to contain malware. But many other larger regional third-party app stores had somewhat lower, but still alarming high malware rates.

Baidu.com, Inc. (ETR:B1C) app portal -- one of the most used third party app stores in China -- had an 8 percent rate of malware. That means more than 1 in every 13 Android apps from Baidu is malicious and dangerous. Two of China's fastest growing app stores -- AnZhi (5 percent malware rate) and Mumayi (6 percent malware rate) -- were also very dangerous. Other Chinese app stores (liqucn -- 8 percent rate, eoeMarket -- 7 percent, StarAndroid -- 6 percent, appkke -- 7 percent rate, and angeeks -- 8 percent rate) are also peddlers of pestilence in the mobile space. The bottom line here is that most Chinese customers have a more than 1 in 20 chance of downloading a malicious app.
Source: DailyTech


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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