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    Google pulls 22 apps from the market

    This is about apps creating fraudulent SMS charges. For those mostly with phones. -- However, it does lead one to believe that some form of "virus" protection might be better than none at all.

    Google pulls 22 apps from Android Market to prevent fraudulent charges

    Who knows what else is lurking out there?

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    Those are apps. I can guarantee you a virus scanner wouldn't have detected them as malicious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeshor View Post
    This is about apps creating fraudulent SMS charges. For those mostly with phones. -- However, it does lead one to believe that some form of "virus" protection might be better than none at all.

    Google pulls 22 apps from Android Market to prevent fraudulent charges

    Who knows what else is lurking out there?
    Well said Lee. Prevention is better than cure, as they say. Interesting to note that it was Lookout who warned Google. And they (despite what other posters may "guarantee") have already provided an OTA update that protects all Lookout users against that malware (RuFraud). You can read more - including a full list of the apps (note the developers names as these are not the original apps by the same name) at The Official Lookout Blog

    On the same blog, the first article makes an even more powerful case for protection & diligence on the users' part.

    PS The number of apps removed is now 27
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    Many of those apps were also identified by Symantec.

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    I made 3 apps and put them on the market - completely free, I was not making any money from advertising or anything.

    App 1 was a Google+ App - basic, just loaded Google+ up in an app rather than a browser, allowed access to all that is Google (Over 500 dl's) (Made with Appsgeyser)

    Apps 2 and 3 were Facebook Apps, again, basic, only loaded Facebook up inside an app rather than a browser and did exactly the same as it would do in a browser (Over 1000 dl's and over 700 dl's) (Made with Appsgeyser and made with web2apk)

    3 days after I upped the facebook Apps, Google emailed me and said it violated the market Ts&Cs and removed them

    Google+ app that did exactly the same as the facebook ones was left untouched and active.

    Pretty easy to see what their game was there so I removed the Google+ one in protest
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    Quote Originally Posted by leeshor View Post
    Many of those apps were also identified by Symantec.
    Didn't realise that, but am not surprised. All the main players in this market are on the ball. At work they always used Mcafee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodintentions View Post
    Those are apps. I can guarantee you a virus scanner wouldn't have detected them as malicious.
    I have a TF without 3G so I am not at risk for this specific kind of scam. However, I wonder, after reading the article, if those apps made it clear that they had access to "Services that cost you money". If they did, not only are they not viruses, they are not even malware.

    Technically, if they masquerade as well-known apps, they infringe on copyrights and trademarks. Or at the very least "prior art". That still does not make them malware.

    If they claim that they download a popular app and do download it, they are not malware.

    If they have permission to use paying services and do it, they are not malware.

    It would seem these apps prey upon users who either believe in horoscopes or wish to get a paid app for free. Poetic justice or I have been living in Ukraine too long?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fdemers View Post
    I have a TF without 3G so I am not at risk for this specific kind of scam. However, I wonder, after reading the article, if those apps made it clear that they had access to "Services that cost you money". If they did, not only are they not viruses, they are not even malware.

    Technically, if they masquerade as well-known apps, they infringe on copyrights and trademarks. Or at the very least "prior art". That still does not make them malware.

    If they claim that they download a popular app and do download it, they are not malware.

    If they have permission to use paying services and do it, they are not malware.

    It would seem these apps prey upon users who either believe in horoscopes or wish to get a paid app for free. Poetic justice or I have been living in Ukraine too long?
    I think you have missed something that the originally linked article might not have made crystal clear, but the Lookout blog certainly does. These apps definitely ARE malware - they are ripped off copies of genuine apps that are hacked, given the same name & are then republished to the market but from a different developer name.

    They include apps as commonplace as Angry Birds - and only exisit to "steal" money via fraudulent premium sms services.

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