Google has cut Android malware by half, says new report


Google has been making real progress in the fight against harmful malware infecting devices running its Android operating system.

On Thursday, Google released its latest report into Android Security which revealed that malware infections on Android devices have reduced by 50 per cent compared to the previous year, thanks to recent security updates to Google’s mobile platform.

Google also says that only 1 per cent of Android devices had malware installed on them in 2014, with only 0.15 per cent of harmful applications being downloaded from the Google Play Store.

The 44 page report (pdf) covers a wide range of issues regarding Android security from malware to SMS phishing and more.

Adrian Ludwig, Android’s security chief has also explained some of the security measures Google has in place via the Google Play Store to tackle malware and malicious applications from infecting Android devices, which includes scanning more than 200 million devices each day.

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Android is currently used on more than one billion smartphones worldwide but its popularity has meant that it is regularly targeted by malware, with some critics regarding the operating system to be more vulnerable than others due to its openness and flexibility.  However, Google’s report said that it “does not show any evidence of widespread exploitation of Android devices.”

Google says the crackdown on Android malware is part of a much wider blitz on malicious files infecting other areas of the Google ecosystem. Last week, Google announced that it had disabled 192 rogue Google Chrome extensions, which are thought to have affected more than 14 million users.

Whilst the report from Google does give a detailed insight into the lengths the company has gone to with regards to Android security, there is no mention of the vulnerability which affects Android devices running versions of Jelly Bean or older, which Google controversially said it was not going to patch.


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