If you remember, last week Google’s open-source software leader Chris DiBona announced there is absolutely no need to worry about the reported malware threat to Android. DiBona particularly stressed the Android software is programmed in a way it prevents situations with viruses like they traditionally happen in PC’s. Going further, he called those who make anti-virus applications for Android, RIM and iOS “scammers and charlatans.”
On Google+ DiBona posted the following, “Virus companies are playing on your fears to try to sell you BS protection software for Android, RIM, and iOS. They are charlatans and scammers. If you work for a company selling virus protection for Android, RIM or iOS, you should be ashamed of yourself.”
To answer these allegations, Dennis Maslennikov, malware analyst at Kaspersky Labs, said, “Today malware for Android devices is one of the biggest issues in the mobile malware area. The growth of numbers of malware for Android is significant in the last 5 months. In June we’ve discovered 112 modifications of Android malware, in July – 212; August – 161; 559 in September; 808 in October.”
Obviously parties differ on the definition of what malware exactly is. DiBona defines them as viruses in the traditional sense, and emphasizes that they are not a threat to Android, so there is no use to market a software under “anti-virus” name.
Anyway, software security companies stress they are making a software capable of fighting Trojans and other threats like phishing.
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