“Just three weeks after Bluebox Security first announced the discovery of a key flaw in Google’s Android with the potential to turn devices into a ‘zombie botnet,’ Symantec has reported finding rogue apps that take advantage of the vulnerability,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.
“At the beginning of July, Bluebox went public with news of the flaw, which affected virtually every Android device in use,” Dilger reports. “Google ‘declined to comment on the matter,’ but quickly acted to block distribution of apps seeking to exploit the issue in its own Google Play market. However, one of the primary key features of Android is the ‘openness’ to allow users to install software from other stores.”
Dilger reports, “That freedom has now morphed into a liability. While researchers quickly released ‘test tube’ apps demonstrating how the vulnerability can be exploited, Symantec has now identified the first malware in the wild that’s seeking to take advantage of the flaw, and Google’s extreme difficulty in patching millions of vulnerable devices. ”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: If Google were to be honest, Android’s next codename should to be “Cesspool.”
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Can malware infect malware?
Are all idiots idiots?
but there are tonnes of malware all over for Android…
Android is exploited daily – why use this system at all; flee before you are taken
All your base are belong to us! 😆
Read the full article. It’s a real eye-opener.
Makes Android seem pretty scary. Maybe it has something to do with all those emails I have been getting lately that seem to come from friends of mine (many of whom haven’t written to me in years) saying, “Hey, Dennis, check this out…” with a link to click on and nothing more.
But, but, but its cheap. And there are tons of free crapps. Idiots.
The scary thing is that US Gov (and other Gov) continue to incorporate Android into defense, intelligence, and other critical sectors of the Gov.
Android – “Open” for the wrong reasons. Using Android is like having sex with Las Vegas “working” girls without the condom.
my 2 cents…
your comment should have stopped at “The scary thing is that US Gov.”
MDN: I suggest the next code name be ChromeBot.