Android: in one year, the number of malicious applications has exploded

According to a study carried out in 20 countries in the 1st quarter of 2020, there were almost 30,000 dangerous apps in circulation on Android, 90% of which are downloaded directly from the Play Store. Another worrying trend is the increase in fraudulent payments via mobile.

We know that the Play Store for Android is regularly infected with applications hazardous, including Trojans  and other malware  that can slow a smartphone in the best case, and steal data in the worst case. A trend that has increased during the pandemic linked to Covid-19 with a number of malicious applications which doubled in one year.

According to data collected by Secure-D, U pstream’s anti-fraud platform, for the 1st quarter of 2020, there were 29,000 malicious applications in circulation. Most worrisome is that 9 out of 10 had passed Google’s security tests . We also learn that 60% of these applications are focused on leisure and entertainment since they are video players, image editing applications or games.