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Google Open-Source Programs Manager Calls Out Anti-Virus Software Companies

Chris DiBona, Google's open-source programs manager, posted on Google + that companies selling mobile anti-virus software for Android or any other mobile platform for that matter, are a bunch of frauds.

"Virus companies are playing on your fears to try to sell you BS protection software for Android, RIM, and iOS. They are charlatans and scammers. If you work for a company selling virus protection for Android, RIM or iOS, you should be ashamed of yourself," he wrote, as reported (opens in new tab) by

"No major cell phone has a 'virus' problem in the traditional sense that Windows and some Mac machines have seen. There have been some little things, but they haven't gotten very far due to the user sandboxing models and the nature of the underlying kernels," he added.

DiBona maintains that mobile operating systems like Android, iOS and Blackberry OS don't require anti-virus software and are fairly secure, much like personal computers.

Everybody from F-Secure, Symantec and McAfee to Sprint and AT&T have claimed that Android malware is on the rise and that people should deploy paid anti-virus software to protect their systems.

Another report released by Juniper Networks revealed that malware on Android had increased by more than 400 percent this year alone and was increasing every single day.