Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Oct 2013 21:46 UTC
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Until now, Google hasn't talked about malware on Android because it did not have the data or analytic platform to back its security claims. But that changed dramatically today when Google's Android Security chief Adrian Ludwig reported data showing that less than an estimated 0.001% of app installations on Android are able to evade the system's multi-layered defenses and cause harm to users. Android, built on an open innovation model, has quietly resisted the locked down, total control model spawned by decades of Windows malware. Ludwig spoke today at the Virus Bulletin conference in Berlin because he has the data to dispute the claims of pervasive Android malware threats.

This is exactly the kind of data we need, and Google has revealed it all. So, less than 0.001% of application installations on Android - and this specifically includes applications outside of Google Play! - are able to get through Android's multiple layers of security. In other words, saying Android is insecure is a lie.

Thanks to OSNews reader tkeith for pointing out this article.

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RE[3]: Comment by gan17
by laffer1 on Wed 9th Oct 2013 12:00 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by gan17"
laffer1
Member since:
2007-11-09

I have to disagree. If a bunch of people download an app with malware and it is connected to a botnet, we have a problem.

Just because the mechanism is an app store rather than a typical infection, this does not mean there is no problem.

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RE[4]: Comment by gan17
by JAlexoid on Wed 9th Oct 2013 15:46 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by gan17"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Actually the method of redistribution is very important. It highlights the level of security. Any malware distributing itself over a network without a centralised repository is much more harmful and much less susceptible to eradication.
Any(well... absolute majority) malware distributed via Google Play can be eradicated by one command issued by the maintainers of the store.

I was not claiming that there was no problem. There is a problem that requires attention, but it is being successfully mitigated. Thus claims that Android is infested with malware or is inherently insecure are outright lies.

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RE[5]: Comment by gan17
by gfolkert on Thu 10th Oct 2013 12:06 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by gan17"
gfolkert Member since:
2008-12-15

That was all letters and stuff... I'm not comprehending any of it... can you dumb it down for me into a 5 simple word summary please?

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