Many Unofficial Android Apps Found To Contain Malicious Code
A recent study found that “almost a third of Android apps on third-party app stores contain some form of malicious software.” Cyber security firm Opswat downloaded and tested nearly 12,000 apps from sources other than the official Google Play store and found 32% of those apps to be suspicious.
The Guardian report on the study says that “knock-offs” of popular apps dominate the list of suspicious downloads while one-shot joke apps make up the rest.
Unlike the apps for Apple’s iOS devices which are tightly restricted to prevent malicious code (malware) from infecting a system, the Android operating system is far more open. While this is great for app developers, it’s also a magnet for malware creators who take advantage of Android’s open architecture.