27 Apr 2011

Google’s Android users facing increased malware

As more people adopt smartphones, it appears cyber criminals are taking advantage of the insecurities found in Google’s Android operating system, according to an internet security company.

People using Android-operated phones are facing rising software attacks, including malware. Due to the open source nature of Android, Google does not have proper control over its applications, and hackers are taking advantage of, the report stated.

In March, the company identified 70 different types of malware for Android devices, up from just two in September. According to Nikolay Grebennikov, chief technology officer for company, the amount of malware for Android is growing at a faster rate than it did for personal computers at the same stage in its development.

"We are adding a number of measures to help prevent additional malicious applications using similar exploits from being distributed through Android Market," said Rich Cannings, a Google engineer who works on Android security.

While cyber criminals appear to be increasing their attacks, smartphone users will not stop buying Android-operated devices. According to a report by Gartner, of the 630 million smartphones shipped in 2012, 50 percent are expected to be based on Android.