Believe it or not, Google Play Store contains hundreds of thousands of malicious applications that can infect your device. These are flaws in the system that must be rectified by the folks at Google. Recently, at Defcon, a researcher showed vulnerability in Google’s one click authentication that may result in a loss of personal information. The researcher submitted a malicious application that was approved in the Google Play Store and stayed there even though it was a malicious app, which was also mentioned in the description of the application.
Now, a quarterly report by Trend Micro reveals that there are more than 700,000 malicious or high-risk applications in the Google Play Store, compared to 509,000 in the last quarter. This means that almost 99 percent Android users are at risk of losing their personal information.
A handful of malicious apps are disguised as popular applications, but contains malware. The company has named the top malware families that are spreading through Google Play Store as FAKEINST, OPFAKe and SNDAPPS with the top spots. Interestingly, the company also mentioned in the report the countries with the highest number of malicious app downloads. It appears as it most of the economically developing countries are downloading most of the malicious applications.
The question that comes to the mind of every user is how to protect themselves from downloading malicious applications. One of the best ways is to invest money in a good antivirus security tool and make sure you scan every application you download. Secondly, make sure you don’t download any dodgy application. Just download applications that are from trusted developers.
On the other hand, Google has to make sure that they improve their security measures and make sure no infected application make its way to the Google Play Store. The researcher at Defcon raised many questions on the scanning application for Google Play Store and it’s time they should take it seriously to protect its users.
<Souce: Trend Micro>