|[April 30, 2012]
AhnLab Reports the Analysis of the Best Apps in the Android Market
SEOUL, South Korea --(Business Wire)--
AhnLab, Inc. (http://global.ahnlab.com),
a leading provider of integrated security solutions, today announced
that its research has identified many popular Android (News - Alert) apps are asking
for excessive permissions to access to the user data.
AhnLab analyzed 178 best rated android apps using AhnLab Mobile Smart
Defense (AMSD), cloud-based application analysis platform which verifies
the security of Android apps. AMSD scanned 178 apps in five different
types of permissions including: Personal information access, service
information access, location information access, service charging and
device information access. In this analysis, the degree of risk was
marked on a scale from 1 to 100 by each type of permission, and the apps
recorded 60 and above are classified as malicious.
According to the app analysis data extracted by AMSD, 42.6% of all apps
examined are requiring excessive permissions for device information
access. 39.3% of apps are asking for excessive permissions for location
information access, followed by personal information access permission
at 33.1%, and service charging at 8.4. None of apps require excessive
service information data.
With this kind of potential threat - excessive permissions to access to
the user data-, malicious hackers can steal the victim's mobile banking
information by snatching the texts and emails in victimized smart
phones. Attackers also can make clone smart phones or deliver unwanted
pay-per-use services with leaked device information. With stolen
location information, hackers can locate the victims to stalk.
"As many users selects Andorid based smartphones, the number of
malicious codes which target personal information or payment information
is also increasing," said HoWoong Lee, director of ASEC(AhnLab Security
E-response Center). "This kind of malicious behavior can be even more
dangerous when it comes to stealing the banking data. It is very hard
for the victims to notice the malicious behavior as it is run behind the
normal application," he continued.
To prevent the potential threat, the comprehensive and mobile-focused
banking security solution is essential. AhnLab's AOS for Mobile ensures
comprehensive security in mobile banking environment with the unique
real-time monitoring of malicious codes on smart phones
terminating all the programs running in the background during the bank
application is running in the foreground
blocking other network transaction when the bank application is
displaying warning messages for rooted phones
AOS for Mobile is the mobile version of AOS, the comprehensive security
solution for online banking, selected by several of the world's most
famous banks including Citibank Korea, Banamex, Banco Santander and
Cornerstone Community Bank. AOS for Mobile is now available as the SDK
(Software Development Kit) for Android-based banking app developers.
About AhnLab, Inc.
Headquartered in South-Korea, AhnLab Inc. (KRX:053800) develops
industry-leading security solutions and provides professional services
that are designed to secure and protect critical business and personal
information. As a leading innovator in the information security arena
since 1988, AhnLab's cutting edge products and services have been
fulfilling the stringent security requirements of both enterprises and
individual users. AhnLab's products and services include anti-virus
solutions, network, mobile and online game security, security management
and consulting services. Today, AhnLab boasts a network of sales and
research operations in more than 20 countries worldwide.
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