Malicious Mobile Applications Surge: 29,000 Spotted in Q1


The number of malicious mobile applications available for download has doubled in the first quarter of 2020, and worryingly a large number of them are getting past security checks on Google Play.

This is according to new data from cybersecurity firm Upstream and its Secure-D research wing, which says it identified more than 29,000 malicious apps in Q1, versus circa 14,500 during the same quarter last year.

UK-based Upstream, which says its security platform is used by 30 mobile network operators in emerging markets, said that worrying, nine out of ten of the top malicious applications affecting users were available at

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