In the Media: 5 Billion Android Apps Open to Hack

Flaws in the Android™ operating system are leaving more than 5 billion apps vulnerable to hackers, CNBC reported, citing a recent study by FireEye. The open-source nature of Android allows hackers to find the code behind the app, giving them an opening to recreate an app almost identically, but with malicious code, to infect users.

One of Android’s biggest vulnerabilities is the way in which its mobile apps communicate information back to servers because much of it is unencrypted and therefore vulnerable to interception by hackers, CNBC reported. Malware targeted at Android, which is owned and operated by Google, has increased about 63 percent to more than 390,000 unique samples in the first three quarters of 2014 compared with 240,000 the year prior, CNBC said, citing the study.

Optio Labs insight: Owners of Android mobile phones can run malware security programs to help mitigate their risk, but these programs all sit at the application layer, which still leaves the phone vulnerable.

The main differentiator of Optio Labs’ flagship OptioCore product is that it sits below the application layer and resides in the phone’s Binder – a full layer below the typical MDM – giving it the unique ability to police traffic and all app activity. It controls the communication network between applications and a phone’s system components, allowing it to inspect, alter, stop and redirect messages going across a phone’s inner network.

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by Gregg Smith Bio

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