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Bitdefender takes fight to Android malware with new AV release

Romanian security firm Bitdefender has released the latest version of its Android antivirus product, as the AV industry looks to combat the growing number of threats on the Google-owned mobile platform.

The free application, available now in the Google Play store, uses the latest in-the-cloud scanning technology and promises to prevent significant battery drain.

Bitdefender research reports that Android malware has increased by as much as 27 per cent in the last six months alone, leaving millions who do not run antivirus software in their devices open to attack.

“We’ve seen an uncontrolled explosion in Android malware in the last year, so we’ve created a solution to counter that trend,” said Catalin Cosoi, Chief Security Strategist at Bitdefender. “We would like to see it as widely employed as possible, so we made it easy to use, light on the battery and lethal to Android malware.”

With sophisticated mobile malware seeking to go far beyond merely slowing and crashing a phone, Bitdefender warns users over the risk of infections leading to the dialling of premium rate numbers, sifting through emails, stealing passwords and spying on nearly all activity on a device.

ITProPortal met senior members of the Bitdefender hierarchy in Austria in February, including CEO Florin Talpes, who said the firm was looking to expand its presence in the mobile space.

The firm has built a strong reputation in traditional computer security, which was enhanced this year by winning the 2013 Product of the Year from independent tester AV-Comparatives after a year-long scrutiny of the market’s leading security products.