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[ENG] Google flips Android kill switch, destroys a batch of malicious apps

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When 21 rogue apps started siphoning off identifying information from Android phones and installing security holes, Google yanked the lot from Android Market, and called the authorities to boot. But what of the 50,000 copies already downloaded by unwitting users? That's what Google's dealing with this week, by utilizing Android's remote kill switch to delete them over the air. But that's not all, because this time the company isn't just removing offending packages, but also installing new code. The "Android Market Security Tool March 2011" will be remotely added to affected handsets to undo the exploit and keep it from sending your data out, as well as make you wonder just how much remote control Google has over our phones. Yes, we welcome our new Search Engine overlords and all that, so long as they've got our best interests at heart, but there's a certain irony in Google removing a backdoor exploit by using a backdoor of its own -- even one that (in this case) will email you to report what it's done.
http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/06/g...-of-malicious/

So when you buy an Android device, you've gotta deal not only with the hardware manufacturer, but the carrier, and then Google? Way too many parties involved here.


More sources for people that want to complain about Engadet:

http://www.bgr.com/2011/03/06/google...pps-on-phones/
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41940331...ence-security/
http://mashable.com/2011/03/06/android-kill-switch/
http://techcrunch.com/2011/03/05/and...ogle-response/
http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/03/...nstorm+Tech%29
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And yet, to have that droid is totally worth any hassle that is bestowed upon you by said parties.
    
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Of course it's posted by the apple fanboy. You'll post anything that makes android look bad and apple look good.
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lol he has a i love andriod as avatar
and is a apple lover?
I am neutral, theyre both good and bads..
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Of course it's posted by the apple fanboy. You'll post anything that makes android look bad and apple look good.
Certainly looks like he is an android guy to me. I also don't see how this makes android look bad either. They use a backdoor to protect us from malicious apps? I could really care less how they do it.
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lol he has a i love andriod as avatar
and is a apple lover?
I am neutral, theyre both good and bads..
I think he was referring to endgadget, they're a bunch of apple lovers over there. They're known for posting anything that'll make android look bad but if something bad happens with apple products they act like it's no big deal.
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I have a droid cause it was the best on verizon at the time.
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This. Id walk through fire to keep my Droid. 2 words: wifi hotspot.
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And yet, to have that droid is totally worth any hassle that is bestowed upon you by said parties.


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Of course it's posted by the apple fanboy. You'll post anything that makes android look bad and apple look good.
Yup. If there is a direct competitor to an apple product it'll get bashed by engadget. If it's an apple product, praise the lord, perfect score+huge announcement banners.

I like engadget but If the article is about apple/apple competitor, I dont even read it.
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i think this is actually a really good thing for google as it shows they are providing a completely open source OS while taking care of the *******s. this is the first time i kinda liked google in the past 6 months. android ftw
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