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All posts tagged "malware"


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Google Gives Us An Update On Android Market Secrity

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 07:00 PM

http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/20...t-security.html

"On Tuesday evening, the Android team was made aware of a number of malicious applications published to Android Market. Within minutes of becoming aware, we identified and removed the malicious applications."

It is very reassuring to see Google taking these steps after their little Market security oopsie the other day. My biggest concern wasn't removing the malware from the phones so much as cleaning up the rooting and other bad things the malware did to your device while it was installed. I'm glad they pushed out this security update and even more impressed that they are actually contacting affected users. It still doesn't excuse the fact that something like this should have never happened in the first place but definitely a good step in righting their wrong.


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Be Careful What You Install: Google Pulls 21 Malicious Apps From The Android Market

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 06:00 AM

http://mashable.com/2011/03/01/andr...d-malware-apps/

"Google has just pulled 21 popular free apps from the Android Market. According to the company, the apps are malware aimed at getting root access to the user's device, gathering a wide range of available data, and downloading more code to it without the user's knowledge."

Eesh. One of the first things I tell/show my friends who get a new Android device is how to look at and read the permissions requested by an app when you install it. I know some are very misleading and vague so when in doubt, don't install. I'm not sure exactly what security permissions these apps requested but I would gather that they are not too out of the ordinary, especially if over 50,000 people had downloaded them. The real scary part is that these apps would attempt to root your device then have their way with it, installing apps or changing code at will. After this there is no guaranteed way to make sure your device is clean. Perhaps re-flashing your rom, bootloader and recovery might get you clean but most users aren't going to know how to do that. Even though Google has pulled these apps from the market and from users devices there are still thousands of compromised devices walking around out there. Not good. Not good at all. :(


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Spotting Android Scum!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Articles, Resources & Developer" @ 07:30 AM

http://www.tested.com/news/how-to-s...on-android/862/

"Android offers developers a lot of freedom in using a phone's hardware in their apps. While this leads to some really amazing functionality, it can also be a security concern. Google has chosen to run a more open marketplace for apps, and does not hold content up so they can review it first. There is no gatekeeper for the Android Market. All a developer needs to do is pay the $25 developer fee and upload their app to the Android Market. Naturally, this has invited some riffraff to join the party. By looking at an app with a skeptical eye, and checking the permissions, you can avoid apps that are shady, or just plain scams."

Here's a fun thought for a Sunday - There is a lot of crap out there trying to get on your Android Phone! This Tested post has a lot of good information though that should help you next time you decide to explore the market! And the picture is priceless!


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