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Originally Posted by jjsoviet;14643929 
As long as people get apps from trusted sources and not haplessly download apps, you will be fine.

Bull shiesty.
post #32 of 43
If you actually have an anti-virus app on your Android phone, you probably need it....
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As always, I read this part, and trot along ignoring the "problem," which only concerns those who click and install every app they see on the market.
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The original version, found hiding in unauthorized apps in the Chinese app market


Common sense, as everyone should have with with ANY download on any electronic device...
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When downloading smartphone apps, search reputable app stores only, and check reviews and ratings; if an app looks okay, but the customer feedback says otherwise, it's best to stay away.

Also, check to see what permissions apps ask for, and, as Jiang wrote, "make sure you are comfortable with the data they may be accessing." If you feel the app is asking too much, don’t download it.

Edited by Stealth Pyros - 8/23/11 at 7:05am
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post #34 of 43
This is just one infection on the android market.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/221478/googles_droiddream_cleanup_faq.html

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/03/03/droid-dream-android-market-malware-attack-aftermath/

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2011/06/droiddream-light-a-malware-nightmare-booted-from-android-market-encumbered-boobies-out-of-android-marketdroiddream-light-an-malware-nightware-booted-from-android-market.ars

apps like


GluMobi

Tetris
Bubble Buster Free
Quick History Eraser
Super Compass and Leveler
Go FallDown !
Solitaire Free
Scientific Calculator
TenDrip

Quick Photo Grid
Delete Contacts
Quick Uninstaller
Contact Master
Brightness Settings
Volume Manager
Super Photo Enhance
Super Color Flashlight
Paint Master

So this is the Android market, and just one malware instance.

As far as I'm concerned there's almost zero "trusted sources", unless your talking Apple style app store approval.

Any of these teensy developers (is there a big android developer???) can go publish an "update" that has malware. Honest developers might sell there business to dishonest ones, etc.
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post #36 of 43
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Originally Posted by Stealth Pyros;14684393 
As always, I read this part, and trot along ignoring the "problem," which only concerns those who click and install every app they see on the market.




Common sense, as everyone should have with with ANY download on any electronic device...


I've got a hopeless amount of apps on my iPod touch. You can't even find malware in the wild on the App Store.
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http://blog.trendmicro.com/droiddreamlight-variant-pretends-to-manage-apk-files/

Another on the Android Market.

Just wanted to point this out.
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The sample was downloaded 50–100 times before it was removed from the Android Market.

Only 50-100 people fell for it. There are over 500,000 Android devices activated daily. I'd say google is doing a good job catching these quickly.
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I've got a hopeless amount of apps on my iPod touch. You can't even find malware in the wild on the App Store.

With how vault-locked-tight the App Store is, I'd only hope so, else the effort put into approving apps into the App Store is a waste. Totally free, open source software comes with its cons: ANYONE can develop and distribute whatever they want on it. Google has taken down all infected apps rather quickly, probably before 98% of the downloaders even noticed the apps were infected. Pretty unreasonable to expect them to crack down on them any sooner than that on such an open platform.
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Just wanted to point this out.

Only 50-100 people fell for it. There are over 500,000 Android devices activated daily. I'd say google is doing a good job catching these quickly.

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post #39 of 43
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Just wanted to point this out.


Only 50-100 people fell for it. There are over 500,000 Android devices activated daily. I'd say google is doing a good job catching these quickly.

Or you could say they are idiots because this is the same exact malware that has already been installed on tens of thousands of phone from Android Market.

Just a matter of perspective, lol.
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Originally Posted by hellonwheelz;14684575 
Or you could say they are idiots because this is the same exact malware that has already been installed on tens of thousands of phone from Android Market.

Just a matter of perspective, lol.

Herp, as a matter of fact they are quite ignorant of the risks involved associated with open platforms. I know this for a fact, and thus I do take care in downloading apps from the Market. And if you're following how the Android Market features apps, all of the top-grossing ones are devoid of any malware of the sort - be it from big developers or indie ones. Those with malware are either taken from unofficial sources (outside the Market), or are very obscure (i.e. <1000 downloads range).

To name some major developers in Android:

GLU Mobile
Hexage
GO Dev Team
Dataviz, Inc.
Evernote, Inc.
Adobe Systems
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