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[SND]Android Malware Shoots Up 250 Percent in Six Months

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Smartphone security firm Lookout Mobile Software said yesterday (Aug. 2) that the number of Android apps infected with malware increased from 80 at the beginning of January to 400 by the end of June.
http://www.securitynewsdaily.com/and...hoots-up-1021/
    
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Many infected apps, Lookout notes, are actually legitimate ones that have had their code stolen and altered by criminals. The infected apps are then re-released to the Android Market and "off-road" markets not controlled by Google.
That's interesting...

What parts of the Market does Google really control?
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well, i can see where this thread might be going right after the 2nd post
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There are anti-virus software also available on the Android Market (last I looked) perhaps investing in one of them might be worthwhile now.
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Sounds like the same problem the iOS developers about people taking their application and then making people confuse which one is the original copy.
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I'd quite like the Android Market to have a system similar to iOS where google have to check all the applications - only without the pathetic blocking/stealing that Apple do.

I'd be willing to sacrifice a little freedom for security - there's a fine balance.

Right now Android is a little too open whereas iOS is too locked down.
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I was wondering how long it would be before phones would need anti-virus.
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Right now i am taking a break from Android but i hope this issue is resolved by the time i return.
 
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Didn't this just recently start occuring? Malware on mobile devices such as phones etc? One open door leads to many walking through to cause trouble. Not only do we have to worry about our info being taken from servers due to hacking and of course horrible security based on the host of said server, but now we have to worry about downloading an app off the android marketplace?

I love technology and I realize you have to take the bad with the good but damn, really?
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I keep saying, if you want the openness of Android, with the security of iOS, get a webOS device. It's even more open than Android really, no locked bootloaders.
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