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Google's official app market found hosting malicious Android apps—again

suraj.sun (1348507) writes | more than 2 years ago

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suraj.sun (1348507) writes "As we've seen quite a few Android malware discoveries in the recent past, mostly from unofficial Android markets, from premium-rate SMS Trojan that not only automatically sends costly SMS messages, but also prevents users' carriers from notifying them of the new charges, to a massive Android malware campaign may be responsible for duping as many as 5 million users to SMS-Controlled Malware Hijacking Android Phones, ars technica is reporting yet another Android malware discovery made by McAfee researcher Carlos Castillo, this time on Google's official app market, Google Play, even after Google announced back in early February that it has started scanning Android apps for malware.

Two weeks ago, a separate set of researchers found malicious extensions in the Google Chrome Web Store that could gain complete control of users' Facebook profiles. The repeated discoveries of malware hosted on Google servers underscore the darker side of a market that allows anyone to submit apps with few questions asked. Whatever critics may say about Apple's App Store, which is significantly more selective about the titles it hosts, complaints about malware aren't one of them."

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