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    Google House-Cleaning with Google Play Store; 29 Malware Apps 'Kicked to the Curb'


    Google went on a spree recently with some Google Play Store house cleaning. They found 29 malicious apps and "kicked them to the proverbial curb." These apps were identified by Symantec, and apparently, collected email addresses and phone numbers after being installed. Here's a quote with a few more details,

    The first app appeared in the store as early as February. The first deployment was embedded into a variety of different types of app ranging from contact managers to diet assistance. Proving unpopular, the developers released a second round. The second wave all had titles that ended in “the Movie”, and played a video about popular Japanese video games. These apps were installed an estimated 70,000 to 300,000 times. Essentially, the app would simultaneously download the user requested movie while uploading the user’s contact list to a remote server.

    Joji Hamada from Symantec said, “According to Yomiuri Online, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has begun investigating this incident and is attempting to track down the developers.”
    It's nice to see them taking care of things, although it makes you wonder how many they don't find...

    Source: PhoneArena

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    Has anyone got a list of what they booted off?
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    Not too long ago there were many Android users that were saying that a virus app on your device was not really necessary, but I believe the consensus about it now falls in the "better safe than sorry" camp. This is especially true since the iOS, seemingly protected by the egods, succumbed to the pestilence!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sculptedstylus View Post
    Not too long ago there were many Android users that were saying that a virus app on your device was not really necessary, but I believe the consensus about it now falls in the "better safe than sorry" camp. This is especially true since the iOS, seemingly protected by the egods, succumbed to the pestilence!
    "Virus apps" are not a panacea. You still have to look at the permissions that apps request and decide it they are appropriate or not and also just be careful what you install. Wireshark might also be a good choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Asus Ace View Post
    "Virus apps" are not a panacea. You still have to look at the permissions that apps request and decide it they are appropriate or not and also just be careful what you install. Wireshark might also be a good choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sculptedstylus View Post
    Not too long ago there were many Android users that were saying that a virus app on your device was not really necessary, but I believe the consensus about it now falls in the "better safe than sorry" camp. This is especially true since the iOS, seemingly protected by the egods, succumbed to the pestilence!
    AFAIR, it was said that the "anti virus" apps for android are mostly useless. Use your brain and read the permissions list. I even challenged one dev about his apps's permissions and he removed it. Your brain is a much better anti-malware than the current crops of anti-virus apps on Android.
    Last edited by bogolisk; 04-17-2012 at 01:23 PM.

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    Whether anti virus apps work or not, Google needs to sort this problem if it is going to be competitive with ios app store.
    I've reported a known virus app in the past, and it has remained on the market for weeks after.

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    Really no need for an anti-virus app, common sense is all you need!

    Don't install an app that has only been downloaded a small amount of times and with no or very little reviews, doing that is just stupid!
    Check permissions... THAT'S WHY THEY ARE THERE.

    Most of these virus apps are totally STUPID apps which if you install, you deserve getting a virus to be fair!


    An anti-virus has nothing to do with being safe, just common sense.
    It's just an excuse for anti-virus software makers to get money off you, or just to increase their popularity, for the sake of a VERY FEW viruses.


    I have used smartphones for years, and have NEVER used or needed anti-virus on it.


    On the note of Google, they REALLY need to have submissions checked first, like on the Apple app store, so many stupid, crap and pointless apps out there.
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    Some anti-virus apps serve as a backup app, and phone/tablet locator if your device is lost or stolen, so to brand them all useless and stupid is unfair.
    People have had devices tracked down thanks to apps like 'Lookout' so this makes them worthwhile, and if they find a malicious app that goes undetected, then they can't be a bad thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daveyonthemove View Post
    Some anti-virus apps serve as a backup app, and phone/tablet locator if your device is lost or stolen, so to brand them all useless and stupid is unfair.
    People have had devices tracked down thanks to apps like 'Lookout' so this makes them worthwhile, and if they find a malicious app that goes undetected, then they can't be a bad thing.
    First, phone/tablet locator has nothing to do with "anti-malware" or "anti-virus" which is the topic that is discussed here. Whether those apps can retrieve a phone or not, or how well it can do backup, is irrelevant in this thread.

    As for anti-malware apps... well some peoples hired security guards then invite everyone including thugs in their house. I would rather close my doors at all suspect-looking folks, yeah I'm paranoid!

    One app I do use is: AppBrain Ad Detector. I have to admit that the little app is useful. It's not an anti malware app, it's just help you to think about an app and its requested permissions.

 

 
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