According to Computerworld, a fake app store called Android Express Play is responsible for stealing between 75,000 – 450,000 pieces of personal data on Android devices. In fact, more than 3,000 visits were made to the fake app store between January 13th and 20th. It’s linked to a piece of Android malware called “Android.Exprespam,” which has been growing rapidly in Japan.
And if you’re think that’s huge, just wait until you hear the latest about mobile malware. We’ve learned that Android malware is slated to hit a much larger number – made famous by everyone’s favorite doctor,Dr. Evil – one million!
Zack Whittaker at ZDNet reported how Android malware could see a huge boom this year, as hackers and malware writers continue to target mobile devices. In fact, Android malware grew from 41,000 samples to 156,000 in the third quarter of 2012 alone, according to TrendMicro.
Did you know that one in three Federal employees isn’t using password protection on their devices? According to Mobile Enterprise, a new study revealed that 85 percent of Federal employees have downloaded risky apps on their devices. But to justify the risks shared here, 95 percent of survey respondents said their work and productivity have improved as a result of using their personal smartphones for work.
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