In the wake of several high-profile exploits of smartphone operating system through insecure apps, the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) has identified five recommendations for running a more secure app store.
Recent exploits have seen the DroidDream trojan compromise around 50,000 mobile devices via infected apps in the Android app store.
And security software firm G Data released a separate report yesterday claiming that malware targeting mobile devices had increased by 273 per cent since the first half of 2010.
The report containing the recommendations was released today.
ENISA's five recommendations for app store security are:
While ENISA recognised the benefits of hosting apps within a small number of stores where they can be vetted, it highlighted the increasing vulnerability of smartphones as they are increasingly used to process and store critical information.
"Cyber attackers are focusing more on smartphones. They will try to sell malicious apps directly or go after software vulnerabilities in popular apps. The stakes are high: consumers, government and business professionals use smartphones to store and process large amounts of confidential and personal data."
Dr Marnix Dekker and Dr Giles Hogben, co-authors of the report said:
"Using malicious apps, attackers can easily tap into the vast amount of private data processed on smartphones such as confidential business emails, location data, phone calls, SMS messages and so on. Consumers are hardly aware of this."
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