Big jump in malicious Android apps

Last week we reported that California Attorney General Kamala Harris was cracking down on mobile app developers who fail to tell users when their personal information is being collected and what is being done with the data.

Here’s one reason for Harris’ concern: “malware targeting Google’s Android platform increased nearly sixfold in the third quarter of 2012,”‘ according to a report by Trend Micro, a security firm based in Japan.

“We’ve seen nearly 175,000 malicious and high-risk Android apps to date and we’re still counting,” the report said. That’s a potential problem for many smartphone users because many malicious apps are designed to steal the user’s data or identity.


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