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There are million apps in the Android Play store that are malicious. Do you have one of them?

almost 4 years ago | From ZD Net | Author: Charlie Osborne

According to Trend Micro Mobile App Reputation Service feedback, there are now over one million malware and high-risk applications in the wild. While mobile malware includes premium service abusers and risky apps may push advertisements that lead to dubious sites or replicate popular, legitimate apps in order to steal data or financial information, 75 percent of the examples found performed "outright malicious routines," while 25 percent "exhibit dubious routines," which include adware.

The researchers say that among mobile malware, FAKEINST and OPFAKE were discovered the most, claiming 34 percent and 30 percent of examples respectively. FAKEINST malware is generally disguised as legitimate applications, and are known to be premium service abusers -- sending costly text messages to services without a user's permission and incurring high costs as a result.

       

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