Although Android had a severe problem earlier this year with two malware attacks, I don’t think it’s that much of a surprise to be honest. After all, Android is the most popular operating system on the planet.
As the platform is also open source, it is ripe for attack by those who wish to do harm or attempt some form of criminality.
The question is: are Google Apps sufficiently protected?
Some experts have argued that Android is unsafe while others have pointed to the fact that in neither case when Google discovered the attacks did anyone suffer any harm. Rather, their systems managed to stop anything happening.
That’s not the point according to experts who suggest Android is not addressing the problem seriously enough. Personally, I have to agree, particularly when recent research has found that malware attacks have jumped 90% this year. Compare this with only a 25% increase in attacks on Apple’s iOS then it puts the risk into some sort of perspective.
One of the companies keeping tabs on malware and other viral attacks on mobile devices is FortiGuard Labs. Axelle Apvrille, Senior Mobile Anti-virus Researcher at Fortinet told news.cnet.com: “FortiGuard Labs has found approximately five times the amount of malicious families on the Android OS versus what we’ve found on iOS.
“We believe that this disparity can be attributed to the way Apple handles iOS application development and distribution. Unlike Android, which makes it fairly easy to place applications for people to download, iOS requires developers to undergo some strict screening from Apple before the application can make it to the Apple Store.”