Android users get malware with their apps

March 2, 2011 by Katie Gatto weblog
Android users get malwear with their apps

(PhysOrg.com) -- As new platforms make their way into the market there will always someone who is looking to exploit them for illegal or unethical ends. More proof of that fact has come today when Google was forced to removed a large number of apps from the official Android App Market.

The apps were discovered to contain malware, according to a report from Android Police. Before Google realized the problem, which was reported by a Reddit user, the apps containing were downloaded over 50,000 times before their removal.

Once Google was made aware of the problem, it took them less than five minutes to yank all of the apps from the marketplace. Unfortunately, the apps had been up in the Android App Market for roughly four days before the problem came to light. This is one of the security concerns related to Google's open approach to the app store. Individual apps are not examined by Google before they are posted to the App Market.

The apps, which were copies of some of the most popular apps in the Android App Market, had been modified to contain a . The App publisher who posted these malicious code-containing apps, Myournet, manged to post 21 infected apps in total. The code, which Google described as a "root exploit," is designed to steal all of the data on an infected Android-based device, and may possibly be able to re-purpose the phone without the user ever being aware.

Users who have been infected by one of these can expect to get some help from . They are currently working on a fix for the malicious code.

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JRDarby
not rated yet Mar 02, 2011
"Android users get malwear with their apps"

I work in IT and I can't say I've ever heard of "malwear." I've cleaned many a malware infection, though.
kaasinees
Mar 02, 2011
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TombSyphon2317
not rated yet Mar 02, 2011
I've been waiting for this. lol
Caliban
not rated yet Mar 02, 2011
So, how long before Google releases an "App Scrubber" app? I kinda doubt that it will be free, though.

Maybe an "App Authenticator" app would be better.

Larry_Threatt
not rated yet Mar 03, 2011
There are currently numerous anti-malware programs available for android free of charge, a large majority are ports of your favorite windows anti-mal. Android is a Linux sourced Kernel.
Modernmystic
not rated yet Mar 03, 2011
There are currently numerous anti-malware programs available for android free of charge, a large majority are ports of your favorite windows anti-mal. Android is a Linux sourced Kernel.


What he said...

As a Droid user, I've never had an issue...ever.
CSharpner
not rated yet Mar 03, 2011
There are currently numerous anti-malware programs available for android free of charge, a large majority are ports of your favorite windows anti-mal. Android is a Linux sourced Kernel.


What he said...

As a Droid user, I've never had an issue...ever.

Ditto. With freedom comes both individual responsibility and risk.

What would be even better is if we developers could optionally pay Google to validate an app as safe and put it in a "certified app" section of the app store if it passes.

Android has all of one (uncertified) and Apple has all of the other (ONLY certified). It'd be nice to have both available on a single platform. Maybe the up-coming Amazon store will provide certifications?

Anyway, I'm not bashing either platform. They serve different purposes for different people. I'm sick of the fanboi vs. fanboi between these two platforms. Just pick the one that works for you and seek counseling if you can't deal with people that choose differently than you do.

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