Google forced to pull several malware-infested apps from Android market

“Google has reportedly pulled several Android mobile applications that were lousy with malware from its official Android Market,” Richard Adhikari reports for LinuxInsider. “This follows a report earlier this week from Lookout Mobile Security, which claimed it found dozens of apps in the market that contained malicious code.”

“The suspect apps appear to be from the same developers who created DroidDream, the malware that hit Google in early March and was also discovered by Lookout,” Adhikari reports. “The latest malware attack has claimed between 30,000 and 120,000 victims, the mobile security firm estimates.”

“‘The Android Market allows developers to upload apps without first running them through an established screening process like those you might find at Apple’s App Store or when using RIM’s applications for BlackBerry,’ Fred Touchette, senior security analyst at AppRiver, told LinuxInsider,” Adhikari reports. “This latest attack is the second on the Android Market since March. The earlier attack, which launched the original DroidDream malware, forced Google to remove about 50 tainted apps from the market.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Google’s ill-conceived, wannabe iOS rush-job strikes again.

Lesson: Get the real thing; don’t settle for inferior derivatives.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Touch” for the heads up.]

27 Comments

  1. Hay, we google are open and do no evil. Don’t you dare to criticize us. They are not malware, they are just opening your personal information to Internet like us.

  2. It’s a small price to pay for the wonderland of OPEN. Everything is open and free! You can do whatever you want! If you don’t like the way your phone works, just re-code it yourself! Tra-la-laa! Daisies! Unicorns! Woo!

    Always remember: Android is OPEN. O-P-E-N. That’s the only thing that matters to consumers, right?

  3. With today’s security knowledge, doesn’t Google’s approach to mobile apps seem utterly idiotic?

    They are going to *have* to change this eventually, or the platform will end up 1,000 times worse than Windows.

          1. @boulder frog

            Better a moron then an ASSHOLE.

            At least althegeo had a comment (and maybe a typo) but at least he wasn’t degrading someone. For all you know English might be his/her third or fourth language. Come on, Smitty made his point without the juvenile remarks.

      1. Actually they have—it’s called Graham’s Number, a number so vast that it’s impossible to write out a numerical representation within the confines of the observable universe even if each digit were to occupy only one Planck volume.

        In turn, Graham’s Number is vastly smaller than Ballmer’s Number, which is the value of Ballmer’s IQ, expressed as a negative integer.

        =:~)

  4. Isn’t it interesting that the bloggers and tech journalist that slams Apple for every little thing is sooooo quiet with Google/Android/Malware infested POS ecosystem? Unsuspecting consumers duped into thinking that this is better that Apple ecosystem? Well, free is free, you get what you pay for, which is a POS!

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