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Long-term AV-Comparatives investigation reveals over 7,000 dangerous apps in third-party Android stores

(PresseBox) (Innsbruck, ) A long-term investigation performed by AV-Comparatives confirms an increasing risk of malicious code affecting Android smartphones via third-party app markets. The research, conducted between November 2012 and May 2013 on 20 major third-party Android stores, found 7,175 malware and greyware programs. Most of these were hosted in Chinese-based markets. At the other end of the scale, the lowest malware presence was found in European markets.

The investigations' findings suggest that the dramatic numbers of malicious apps present on the Asian market are closely linked to this market's booming activity. From this point of view, European and US markets can be considered secondary targets, as they are entering a stage where growth is steady. Still, at the individual user level, there is no way of indicating safe and unsafe markets, as threats are globally distributed and a single malicious app is enough to compromise a platform.

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