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U.S. government warns agencies about dangers of Android malware

Published Aug 27th, 2013 9:15PM EDT
Android Malware Security Patches

Despite some security improvements in recent releases, Android continues to have a major malware problem. The United States Department of Homeland Security has issued a report this summer outlining the threat that malware poses to emergency responders and security personnel who may find their Android devices compromised if they don’t take the proper precautions. The report says that devices that are still running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread are particularly vulnerable to attacks and that users should make sure they have devices with the latest versions of Android installed. The department also recommends that users install at least one Android mobile security suite as well as the Carrier IQ Test app to weed out malicious software.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.