Android apps hotbed for malware, report finds

If you bring your own device to work and it’s an Android smartphone — beware.

Android apps hosted outside of the official Android market are hotbeds of malware, according to the Finnish antivirus company F-Secure, reports.

The company analyzed 19 new families of mobile malware. It found a big increase in products that target Android. The most common type of attack is a Trojan that arrives in a text message.

Online Chat: Beth Killoran, deputy assistant secretary for Information Technology and chief information officer at HHS, on March 28. said Apple and Windows mobile phones are also targets for malware, but the most popular target is Android.


A growing number of agencies let employees bring their own devices. But it’s wise to have a policy against untested apps.

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