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Is Google's Play full of adware or not? It might depend which malware scanner you run

John E Dunn | Feb. 7, 2014
Is Google's Android Play Store full of adware and malware or isn't it? According to HP's latest Cyber Risk Report, it all depends which firm's mobile antivirus scanner you run.

The fact that Play Store apps often serve adware has been pointed out by security companies before, with Lookout Mobile Security taking a particularly tough stance on the issue that involved naming ad networks it thought had crossed a red line. Other firms just think that too many popular apps now come with this downside, a direct consequence of the free model in which small developers have to make some money to justify their effort and adopt ad systems they don't always understand.

On a separate but related note, in the same report HP's Fortify division analysed 180 mobile applications developed for business use, finding that a roughly equal number showed poor implementations of encryption, mostly weak algorithms or storing data with no encryption at all.

 

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