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BT: one-third of all Android apps have malware

updated 08:03 pm EDT, Fri July 27, 2012

Security company analyzed more than 1,000 Android apps

Security firm BT is claiming that more than a third of all Android apps contain some form of malware. BT bases its statement on tests the security firm conducted that examined more than 1,000 Android applications. According to BT, the prevalence of malware could mean that nearly every device running Android is compromised in some manner or another.

The remarks came during a panel discussion at the NetEvents Americas conference. The panel's moderator pointed out that he had found malware in an application while reviewing a Samsung Galaxy S III, and BT's representative went on to detail the company's findings.

BT has not, however, revealed whether the malware it found was in apps available on Google's Play Store. Android-powered devices are capable of downloading apps from any number of sites and stores, and it may be possible that BT's analysis only covered apps drawn from outside sources over which Google has no quality control. A number of Android-targeted malware variants have been discovered in the past, but these have typically been hosted on fake app markets and dedicated sites.

The company also the need for increased security throughout the mobile computing sector. BT says it will be testing other operating systems for malware in the coming months. [via EETimes]




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