Android malware is on the rise.

The latest Kaspersky Lab report about Android malware is again sounding the alarm, as if the company’s warning over ZitMo attacks from last week wasn’t enough. According to the Moscow-based security firm, the number of new malicious programs targeting the Android platform has almost tripled during the second fiscal quarter of 2012.

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While Android may be a great platform when it comes to its open nature and flexibility, it does have one area where it doesn’t shine so brightly, malware. No mobile platform is truly safe from malware and spyware, but it’s Android and Blackberry devices that have been mostly targeted by several security problems over the years. Adding to the list, security researchers at Kaspersky Labs have discovered five new samples of ZeuS-in-the-Mobile (ZitMo) malware, adding to their discovery in June of a fake Android security software that was truly ZitMo in disguise. For those that don’t know, ZitMo is a pesky…

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Android’s security issues are well-known, documented and much debated, but even with the introduction of a new “Bouncer” system, the number of malicious apps in Google Play doesn’t seem to be dropping. The latest malware app to be discovered is called (or rather was called) “Find and Call” and has already been removed from Google Play. What’s interesting is that the spam-sending app managed to make its way to iOS as well, a platform that has been praised as much more secure than Android. In fact, the discovery of “Find and Call” in Apple’s App Store can be called iOS’…

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Android’s security concerns have been the primary focus of an on-going debate for a while now. Google has been trying to fend off malicious app developers, with the introduction of a new security system called “Bouncer”, but we have still seen over 5,000 malicious apps already in just the first quarter of 2012. In what is a further cause for concern, Kaspersky Labs Expert Denis Maslennikov has uncovered a fake Android security application that steals incoming SMS messages from infected devices. In a blog post, he wrote that he discovered at least 6 files that go under the name “Android Security Suite…