The creeping curse of mobile malware

We're all familiar with dealing with malware on PCs, but the difference with smartphones is that there's a billing engine built in, writes Adrian Weckler.

27th April, 2013
Last week, at least two million Android app downloads were infected with the malware BadNews. Photo: Getty

How safe are smartphones? Are viruses and malware - things that PCs have fought with for years - finally making their way onto mobile devices?

Last week, at least two million Android app downloads were infected with malware, leading to users - mostly across Europe and Russia - getting caught with premium SMS charges.

The malware, BadNews, was downloaded through a variety of other apps, including several games and health information services.

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