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3 Million New Android Malware Samples Discovered in 2017

February 20, 2018

More than 3 million new malware samples targeting the Android operating system were discovered in 2017, marking a slight decrease from the previous year, G Data reports.

The security firm counted 3,002,482 new Android malware samples during 2017, at an average of 8,225 per day, or 343 new malware samples every hour. Although the number is slightly lower when compared to 2016 (when 3,246,284 samples were discovered), the decrease isn’t significant.

In late January, Google revealed that it took down over 700,000 bad apps from Google Play during 2017, a 70% increase compared to the previous year. Many of these programs were copycats – they were either apps packing unacceptable content or malware posing as legitimate apps.

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