Infosec: Google's Android operating system will remain the target of choice for cyber criminals for at least the next three years, according to Kaspersky chief security expert Aleks Gostev.
Speaking to V3 at the Infosec event in London, Gostev claimed that because Android is open source - meaning anyone can adapt it - hackers will continue to target it for the foreseeable future.
"The main problem is Google doesn't monitor what content is on Android. It's the problem with open source, you can add any application to Google Play so cyber criminals use it," he said Gostev.
"I think in the next three to five years things will stay the same and Android will stay the most infected system."
Gostev also criticised Google for its lax approach to security, claiming this was enticing criminals to develop malware for the platform.
"Android is not about security. In all their updates they mostly fix old vulnerabilities," said Gostev.
However, he also said that owners of devices on the platform needed to take some responsibilities for this issue due their lazy approach to app permissions.
"Apps want all sorts of permissions, to your photos to your email and users just click yes without thinking," said Gostev. "This can't be changed on Google's side."
The Kaspersky chief's claims follow on from the discovery of several new Trojan apps targeting Android, including a fake version of popular photo sharing service Instagram.
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