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America is the leading developer of “risky mobile apps”, claims report


A survey of more than a million apps on the Google Play and iOS App Store has found that more than 40 percent of ‘risky mobile’ apps originate from the United States, reports The Guardian.

The report, published by mobile security firm Marble Labs found that 42.14 percent of “dangerous” apps come from American developers,followed by China with 17.69 percent, and India with 9.53 percent. Just 1.19 percent originated from the UK. “While China, Korea, India and Taiwan generate a great number of malicious and risky mobile apps, their combined total doesn’t amount to that of the United States,” claimed the report.

Marble labs define ‘risky’ as apps which were “either directly malicious, handled data insecurely or posed a potential privacy risk,” according to PC World.

One important caveat of the report’s results is that the research was carried out purely on Google and Apple’s official app marketplaces, and excluded apps that required rooted or jailbroken handsets. The report...(continued)

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