Google Open Saucer wades into Android security FUD

Google has waded into attacks on Android which claim that it is vulnerable to viruses.

Google’s open source supremo Chris DiBona has lashed out at companies flogging antivirus software for Google’s Android operating system, calling them “charlatans and scammers”.

He apparently became incadescant with rage after he saw a press report about “inherent” insecurity of open source software, which is used not just in Android but also Apple’s iOS, he said.

DiBona said that Android, iOS, and Research in Motion’s BlackBerry OS don’t need antivirus software.

Writing on his bog he said that sometimes he reads a story about open sour that makes him nuts.

He said that virus companies were playing on fear to try to flog “BS protection software for Android, RIM, and, iOS”.

“They are charlatans and scammers,” he continued. “If you work for a company selling virus protection for Android, RIM or iOS, you should be ashamed of yourself.”

He didn’t say who should be ashamed of themselves but Symantec, McAfee, F-Secure, and Kaspersky offer mobile anti-malware software he could have been referring to.

DiBona claimed that mobile devices, while not flawless, are more secure than personal computers.

So far, he said no major mobile phone has a ‘virus’ problem in the traditional sense that Windows and some Mac machines have seen. He thinks this is because of the user sandboxing models.