Google: Android is just as secure as the other guys

From CNET: In the list of big security flaws that could let hackers compromise phones, there's one name that comes up a lot: Android.

In 2015, we learned that Google's operating system for phones was vulnerable to the StageFright bug, which hackers could exploit just by sending a text message. In 2016, security researchers revealed that millions of Android phones were infected with malicious software called HummingBad, which hackers used to generate bogus ad revenue. In 2017, documents revealed by Wikileaks showed that the CIA had developed malicious software for Android phones.

According to David Kleidermacher, Google's head of security for Android, Google Play and the Chrome operating system since May, the Android team is hard at work to make the worries surrounding these bugs a thing of the past.

In fact, Kleidermacher said, without naming any names, Android is now as safe as the competition.

That's a big claim, considering that Android's main competitor is Apple's iPhone. This bold idea permeates the annual Android Security Report that Google released Thursday. "Android security made a significant leap forward in 2017 and many of our protections now lead the industry," the report says on page one.

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