There's an alarming amount of malicious software targeting
Google's Android smartphone platform, but experts say the problem will
only get worse until a large share of Android customers experience
firsthand the frustration, inconvenience and damage the malware can
"Android malware is growing at an exponential rate, but until a large
and significant user base is affected by malware, I fear we won't see
any major changes in user behavior," Tim Armstrong, malware researcher
for the anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab, told SecurityNewsDaily.
Chester Wisniewski, senior security advisor with Sophos, put the
issue in terms nearly every smartphone customer can relate to: "Most
consumers don't care until they get their first $1,000 phone bill
because their pirated Angry Birds has been calling Estonia all month."
Both Armstrong and Wisniewski were commenting on a new report from Juniper Networks showing that Android malware has jumped 472 percent in the four months since July 2011.