Google’s day of reckoning

Adoption of Google’s Android operating system is accelerating faster than a run-away train. That’s good news for Google, which always saw Android as a potential iPhone killer. But the events of the past year also make it clear that the company will be forced to deal head on with a dirty little secret: both the Android operating system and the Android Marketplace have become the preferred platform for malicious software authors interested in compromising mobile devices.

Adoption of Google’s Android operating system is accelerating faster than a run-away train. That’s good news for Google, which always saw Android as a potential iPhone killer. But the events of the past year also make it clear that the company will be forced to deal head on with a dirty little secret: both the Android operating system and the Android Marketplace have become the preferred platform for malicious software authors interested in compromising mobile devices.

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