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[BBC] - Android hit by rogue app viruses

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More than 50 applications available via the official Android Marketplace have been found to contain a virus.

Analysis suggests that the booby-trapped apps may have been downloaded up to 200,000 times.

The malicious apps were copies of existing applications, such as games, that had been repackaged to include the virus code.

All the apps found to contain the malicious code have now been removed from the Android Marketplace.
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12633923
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post #2 of 22
Ouch, good thing I have a normal phone and not a smartphone.
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post #3 of 22
Yeah my phone is too dumb for a virus to make use of, kinda like it that way. These portible devices are just becoming way too invasive for my comfort level.
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post #4 of 22
Good thing i have an iPhone™ 4.

Hahahaha
post #5 of 22
Good thing I have a webOS phone, I don't think there's been any viruses for it.
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post #6 of 22
I thought hackers left open source stuff alone no one is safe anymore!
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post #7 of 22
It was only a matter of time.
I'm surprised this issue hasn't come up sooner.

I'm just counting the days when easy piracy ends and we all have to install anti-virus software on our phones.
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Tha fact still remains that youd have to be an idiot to download one of these apps, and install it.

Before you download an app, from the android market, it tells you what it needs access to.

Even if your into downloading these sex sound apps, it should not require any access at all. If it does, red flag!! It really isn't that hard to be safe. It just takes a little common sense.
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Originally Posted by Schoat333 View Post
Tha fact still remains that youd have to be an idiot to download one of these apps, and install it.

Before you download an app, from the android market, it tells you what it needs access to.

Even if your into downloading these sex sound apps, it should not require any access at all. If it does, red flag!! It really isn't that hard to be safe. It just takes a little common sense.
Quite sure most users don't know the difference. They get their phones based on what they think is nice.
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Quite sure most users don't know the difference. They get their phones based on what they think is nice.
Well, then they deserve to have a virus as far as I'm concerned.

Smart phones are not for dumb people.
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