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Android Security – 7000 Malicious apps discovered in 1st half of 2013

Mobile phone users should exercise caution as malicious applications are circulating with many noted in China app download centers

QUOTE: The independent testing lab AV-Comparatives has released the results of a six-month long study of third-party Android app stores. They found that most of the dangerous apps are concentrated in Chinese stores, and encountered about 7,000 dangerous apps in third-party stores. Now that’s a number to worry about. The study ran from November 2012 to May 2013, and looked at 20 major third-party app stores. Of these stores, most are known to be located in China and the region also boasts the most malware found in a single store (1,637 malicious apps in the Anzhi store, but more on that later).  In total, AV-Comparatives found 7,175 pieces of malware and greyware, the latter of which the company defines as things like spyware and adware which is risky but not necessarily malicious. Of the dangerous apps, 95 percent were concentrated in Chinese stores.

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