Android versions chart for May 1st

Recently released figures from Google about the relative number of devices running a given version of Android are showing an interesting increase in the number of  active... Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices. The numbers, which are based on the number of Android devices that have accessed Google Play within a two week period (ending on 1st May 2012), show that  jus...

virus 1

In a new twist in the malware for Android story, the mobile security company Lookout has released details of a new Android malware which automatically starts downloading to the victim’s... device when they visit an infected web page. Known as a “drive-by download” the malware app starts to download without the user’s permission and because it claims to be a system updat...

ps2 and android

When talking about success in the mobile device market, Microsoft isn’t the name that instantly springs to mind. Google yes, Apple yes, RIM maybe, but Microsoft? Although... they have a version of Windows for mobile phones (the latest being Windows Phone 7.5) and although Windows 8 has some potential to increase Microsoft’s market share, Microsoft has failed to make it...

5000 new malicious apps

At the end of last year, security pundits predicted that 2012 would see a continued raise in the number of malicious Android apps and it looks like those predictions... are coming true. According to Trend Micro, over 5,000 new malicious Android apps were found in first three months of 2012.

This really isn’t as shocking as it sounds, as Android usage is inc...

Instagram has been in the news a lot recently. It launched on Android only a few weeks ago and enjoyed over 1 million downloads on its first day on Google Play. Then Facebook decided to buy the 13... person company for $1 billion! Naturally, the Facebook purchase rocketed the app to even greater popularity with the  acquisition being covered by the mainstream media.

When a cyber criminal...

Android Malware Banned

In its ongoing battle with malicious app writers, Google has removed 29 apps from Google Play that harvested email addresses and phone numbers and uploaded them to remote command servers. Symantec... has so far identified 29 apps that targeted the Japanese market. All of the 29 apps share common code and it is believed that one group is behind all of the apps.

The first app in the series app...

updtbot-malware

New malware, which targets Android users with the offer of a system upgrade, has been discovered. UpdtBot (Update Bot), as it is known, spreads via SMS messages but is really a malicious app which allows... the device to be controlled by a remote Command and Control (C&C) server to send text messages, make phone calls, and download and install apps.

The unsuspecting victims receive a SMS message wh...

Android malware

Two recent bits of research have unearthed some nasty malware that target Android devices. The first is a variant of the DroidKungFu malware which uses known Android exploits to root the victim’s... device and install itself without the user¬†knowing. The second, known as¬†TigerBot, differs from “traditional” malware in that it is controlled via SMS rather than from a command & control (C&am...

Android-Jelly-Bean

Google has a problem. Android is being developed too fast while the adoption rates for the new versions are too low. The Android 2.x series started when Android 2.0 Eclair was released at the... end of 2009. By the end of 2010, Froyo and Gingerbread (Android 2.2 and 2.3) were released and remained the dominant versions used until today. Since then, Google has released Android 3 (Honeycomb) a...

good mobile access

Good Technology has launched the Good Mobile Access (GMA) app for Android, which allows businesses to embrace the bring-your-own device (BYOD) philosophy without increasing security risks. With... BYOD, employees get to use their own mobile devices all the time, for both personal and business related activities, without compromising privacy. Traditionally, personal mobile devices aren’t gran...