[Owasp-mobile] Android Gets Bad Rap for Risk, Security Rearchers Say

Jeffrey Walton noloader at gmail.com
Mon Mar 26 00:16:34 UTC 2012

It seems to me that "download anything from the {App
Store|Market|Market Place}" is the norm - user are encouraged to do so
(ie, spend their money). We seem to have gone retro with the "install
everything" and carriers not supplying timely patches (if updates are
supplied at all).


Android Gets Bad Rap for Risk, Security Rearchers Say

A growing number of reports and white papers over the past several
months -- most from security vendors -- have announced, sometimes in
breathless terms, that Google's Android operating system is now the
primary target of malware attacks on mobile devices. To which some
respondents, such as one going by the alias "fotoflojoe," post
sarcastic comments like, "In other news, water is wet and the sky is

The only people vulnerable to Android malware, they say, are those
stupid enough to download apps without checking them out first.

Chris DiBona, Google's open-source programs manager, said as much
recently -- claiming on Google+ that mobile operating systems such as
Android, iOS, and BlackBerry don't need antivirus software.

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