At the NetEvents Americas conference in Miami last week, Jill Knesek, head of BT's global security practice, claimed that just about all Android devices are infected with some kind of malware, according to EE Times' Rick Merritt.
"We analyzed more than 1,000 Android applications and found a third compromised with some form of active or dormant malware," Knesek said. "Almost every device is compromised with some kind of malware, although often it's not clear if that code is active or what it is doing."
"Malicious code is just one example of the many security vulnerabilities in mobile systems," Merritt writes. "GPS devices can also be hacked, said Knesek. 'It’s going to take one young woman to be stalked, raped and killed before people realize the need security on GPS,' said Knesek, a former cybersecurity expert for the U.S. FBI who worked on the Kevin Mitnick case."
"I've been covering the Android malware issue for quite some time, and while there is definitely more and more of it in the wild (last month was particularly bad), there is no way BT's claims are on target," writes ZDNet's Emil Protalinski. "I'm not sure which 1,000 Android apps BT chose to use in its analysis, but I doubt they were randomly picked. I find it very hard to believe that one third of Android apps contain malware and that almost every device has one of said apps installed."
"One thing that BT hasn't revealed is whether the malware they found was found in apps coming from Google's Play Store," notes TweakTown's Anthony Garreffa. "With Google's Android-based devices being capable of downloading apps from more than one place, it may be possible that BT's numbers are a bit explosive, and aren't really a representation of people who download apps directly from the Play Store, and nowhere else."