Android’s biggest issue is far worse than we ever imagined, new research proves
ANDROID fans have been plagued by warnings of dodgy apps and malware-infested software all year. And now researchers have uncovered a very inconvenient truth…
One of the biggest problems with Android – the spread of malware, fake advertising campaigns and ransomware (all of which are on the rise this year) – could be worse than we feared. That’s because, while most of us assumed that these dodgy apps were originating from third-party app stores found online, new research shows that’s not the case at all. While many of us assumed that Play Protect and other initiatives from Google would keep those who stuck to the Play Store safe from these malicious campaigns from cybercrooks… research shows it’s actually the Play Store where the vast majority of these attacks originate!
As reported on in a post by ZDNet, NortonLifeLock (formerly Symantec) conducted the largest study of its kind by analysing installations on over 12million Android devices. A four-month period between June and September 2019 was analysed, with researchers looking at over 34million APK installs for 7.9million unique apps.