“Google has removed an app made by the Taliban from its Play store,” David Goldman reports for CNNMoney.

“The Taliban app was first discovered on Friday by SITE Intel Group, a website devoted to tracking jihadists online,” Goldman reports. “The propaganda product was taken down shortly thereafter.”

Goldman reports, “Jihadist groups, including the Taliban, have successfully used the Internet and social media to spread propaganda and recruit fighters. Apps, however, are strictly regulated by Google and Apple.”

MacDailyNews Take: Oh yeah, Google’s real strict:

• Porn clicker keeps infecting Android apps on Google Play – July 24, 2015
• Crucial security flaw found in Google Play: Thousands of secret keys found in Android apps – June 19, 2014
• Malicious Android apps spike nearly 400 percent in in Google Play store – February 20, 2014
• Google Play ‘flaw’ puts users’ personal data on display – February 14, 2013
• Security researcher labels nearly 300,000 Google Play Android apps as ‘high-risk’ – November 1, 2012

You get the idea. Google Play makes cesspools look spotless.

“The Taliban app, called ‘Alemarah,’ gave people the ability to keep up with the latest Taliban news,” Goldman reports. “They could watch videos made by the group, and read stories and updates written in Pashto.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Google’s Android. “Open” in all the wrong ways.

Don’t settle for insecure wannabes.

If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone.

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U.S. DHS, FBI warn of malware threats to Android mobile devices – August 27, 2013
Android app malware rates skyrocket 40 percent in last quarter – August 7, 2013
First malware found in wild that exploits Android app signing flaw – July 25, 2013
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Latest self-replicating Android Trojan looks and acts just like Windows malware – June 7, 2013
99.9% of new mobile malware targets Android phones – May 30, 2013
Mobile malware exploding, but only for Android – May 14, 2013
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F-Secure: Android accounted for 96% of all mobile malware in Q4 2012 – March 7, 2013
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “TJ” for the heads up.]