Are More Than Half The World's Android Devices Vulnerable To Malware?

With popularity comes the attention of the malware writers. Mix that in with hardware that doesn't get the software upgrades they require, and you've got a recipe of malware mayhem, according to new research.

Duo Security's released research which suggests that more than 50 per cent of the Android devices are vulnerable to malware. This isn't per se a question of people deliberately launching known dodgy apps or getting drive-by malware as much as it is the fact that so many Android devices either don't get updates that patch vulnerabilities because they're never updated, or that carriers are very slow to deliver the upgrades that are developed.

Duo Security gathered the data via its X-Ray vulnerability scanner; it appears to be a reasonable sample size of around 20,000 devices, and it reckons that the 50 per cent figure might be a bit on the cautious side anyway:

Yes, it’s a scary number, but it exemplifies how important expedient patching is to mobile security and how poorly the industry (carriers, device manufacturers, etc) has performed thus far. We feel this is actually a fairly conservative estimate based on our preliminary results, the current set of vulnerabilities detected by X-Ray, and the current distribution of Android versions globally.

Early Results from X-Ray: Over 50% of Android Devices are Vulnerable [Duo Security]


    Come on .... don't be ridiculous ... Duo Security is obviously seeking attention here !

    Just out of curiosity, how does one know if they're infected with malware?

      I wonder this too... And is there AV for Android?
      (I don't use Android)

        There is, but who knows whether it works or not (I do use android)

        Yes, all the reputable AV companies, like Norton, AVG, Webroot, Kasperksy [shall I go on?] have either free or cheap programs for Android, so there is no excuse for getting a virus.

        They do work, and many have been tested in the usual labs just like regular PC apps.

    AT LAST there might be an angle to get carriers to update more frequently. But until the first big virus, I wouldn't expect anything to happen. After that, things might change for the better.

    iPhone nuff said

      Does it have an operating system? Yes? Then it's susceptible to viruses. "facepalm"

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