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State of Security in the App Economy

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Light Reading
12/11/2013

All of the top 100 Android mobile apps were hacked in 2013, according to new research from Arxan. The iPhone isn't safe either -- 56% of iOS's top 100 apps were also hacked this year.

The mobile security vendor found that no app is safe, despite the notion that iOS is a more secure operating system than Android. That includes financial apps too. It says that 76% of the Android financial apps tested had been broken into while 36% of the tested iOS financial apps were hacked variants.

The mobile malware problem, as well as the threats to the mobile network -- and what operators are doing about them -- was the focus of Light Reading's recent Mobile Network Security Strategies conference in NYC. Check out all the coverage on our show site.

And, take a look at this infographic, courtesy of Arxan Technologies Inc. , to see how big of a problem mobile app hacking really is.

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Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
12/13/2013 | 11:54:22 AM
Re: Hacking v malware
That is true. I was thinking of people's Facebook and Twitter accounts getting hacked, but not sure if that originated on mobile or the web.
Kruz
Kruz
12/13/2013 | 11:13:10 AM
Re: Hacking v malware
Social media helped reducing this as people were warned at a faster rate of a potential threat.
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
12/13/2013 | 11:09:45 AM
Re: Hacking v malware
It used to happen to people on Facebook and Twitter ALL the time. Haven't seen it too much lately.
Kruz
Kruz
12/13/2013 | 11:05:13 AM
Re: Hacking v malware
Malware can sometimes lead to being hacked. But from a user perspective, being hacked is worst.
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
12/12/2013 | 8:28:58 PM
Re: Hacking v malware
Thanks for the clarification, usgepo. Interesting that iOS has managed the malware problem so much better than the hackers.
usgepo
usgepo
12/12/2013 | 2:05:51 PM
Re: Hacking v malware
Hi Sarah,  hacking or breaking into an app or system is an unauthorized entry in to a system, app, server, etc. Malware = instructions that tells the un expected host to either send sensitive information outside the environemnt of maliciously cause harm.
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
12/11/2013 | 12:31:20 PM
Hacking v malware
Surprising to see how many iOS apps have been hacked, given that Apple is thought to be so much more secure than Android. Although, Android reigns in malware. iOS is less than 1% by most counts. What's the difference between hacking and malware?
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