Google isn't the only one who is disputing Mr. Zink's contentions either, as the BBC has also reported that:
"Mobile security specialist Lookout also questioned Mr Zink's initial claim. In a blog post, head of the firm Kevin Mahaffey said it was possible that the spam was originating from lots of Android phones infected with a malicious program."
"....... he added, there was no doubt that the number of malicious programs written for Android was on the increase. Given that he said: "The reason these messages appear to come from Android devices is because they did come from Android devices."
"Chester Wisniewski, senior security advisor at Sophos, also posted more information about the case. He said that although Sophos did not have a sample of the malware sending the spam in question there was evidence to suggest it came from smartphones."
Sophos could find no hint that the formatting on the messages was faked, he said, and some elements of what it had seen would be impossible to spoof.
In addition, he said, much of the spam was coming from net addresses owned by mobile operators."
One of the more recent posts that I've read concerning Android insecurity issues is ZDNet's Zack Whittaker's post entitled: Trend Micro warns of Android malware pandemic by Q4 2012, in which he wrote:
"Android malware levels are rising at an alarming rate, according to antivirus maker Trend Micro. The security firm said that at the start of the year, it had found more than 5,000 malicious applications designed to target Google's Android mobile operating system, but the figure has since risen to about 20,000 in recent months."
No wonder the article goes on to state that:
"it won't be a flu epidemic you'll be worried about come winter: It'll be an Android malware pandemic."
Apparently, Google's boasting that it was activating some one-million Android devices daily, plus Android's so-called openness, and its inability to prevent malware from getting into all of the various and fragmented Android app stores that is helping to fuel Android's pandemic of very bad and nasty apps.
In conclusion, I might be a little paranoid when it comes to security, but I say that it's better to be safe than sorry, and that's just one of many reasons why I would prefer to own a phone from a walled-garden variety than I would from a wild-west variety like Android's. Android may have ripped off and stolen from the iPhone and iOS, but the one thing that it has apparently and utterly failed to successfully copy and rip off was iOS's much better security! Mind you, not that iOS is perfect, but it's definitely a hell-of-a-lot better than Android's!
And that's my 2 cents 4 this gloomy Friday, July 06, 2012