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The growing threat of mobile malware: Top Android malware families of 2012

 January 8, 2013

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

The open-source nature of the Android platform is its biggest strength and Achilles heel at the same time. Android handsets constituted almost 72% of global smartphone sales in Q3 2012 and 1.3 million Android devices are activated worldwide every single day. This is a staggering market share that Android enjoys...

Android malware gains root access

 August 26, 2011

Estimated reading time: 1 minute

A new malware affecting the latest version of Android operating system (2.3 – Gingerbread) is now out in the wild and masquerading as an app featuring some “Beauty of the Day” photos. The package I downloaded uses the following permissions: android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE android.permission.READ_LOGS android.permission.DELETE_CACHE_FILES android.permission.ACCESS_CACHE_FILESYSTEM android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE android.permission.INTERNET android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE android.permission.MOUNT_UNMOUNT_FILESYSTEMS android.permission.READ_OWNER_DATA...