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Android Malware – How much will it grow in 2012

While Android malware growth will probably level off, it did increase by a significant rate during 2011.  Users should be careful with all applicaitons and links which could potentially compromise Android security.

Trend Labs – How Big will the Android Malware Threat Be in 2012?

QUOTE:  In August 2011, we released our Snapshot of Android Threats, which stated that there was a significant increase in the number of Trojanized Android apps and actual malware targeting the Android platform.  In our 12 Security Predictions For 2012, we mentioned that smartphone and tablet platforms, especially Android, will suffer from more cybercriminal attacks.

In our continuous monitoring of this threat, we soon noticed that the problem was growing at an alarming rate. From a mere handful of malicious apps at the start of the year, it skyrocketed to more than a thousand malicious Android apps by the middle of December 2011. The average month-on-month growth rate for the second half of 2011 was more than 60%.  If this growth rate is sustained this year, then 2012 will definitely be an “exciting” year for Android. Why is this so? If current trends hold, we may be able to see more than 120,000 malicious Android apps by December.

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