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The Mother Of All Android Malware Has Arrived

Posted on March 2nd, 2011 at 21:15 by John Sinteur in category: Google -- Write a comment


Openness – the very characteristic of Android that makes us love it – is a double-edged sword. Redditor lompolo has stumbled upon a perfect example of that fact; he’s noticed that a publisher has taken "… 21 popular free apps from the market, injected root exploits into them and republished."


First, we’re absolutely amazed at how quickly Google reacted. As mentioned last night, our own Justin Case pinged a contact and the apps were pulled from the market within minutes. That’s quite impressive, but then again, one of the developers whose app had been copied had been trying to get Goog on the job for just over a week. On the one hand, Google was quick to react to our hacker. On the other, they were slow to react to a developer, who should really be made the priority of the two. Either way, they pulled the app in question, and this is definitely one of those times that it’s better late than never.

It looks like Android is becoming the Windows of mobile operating systems…

  1. Yeah, and you know iOS is safe when you have a world conference to debate its vulnerabilities…

  2. “It looks like Android is becoming the Windows of mobile operating systems…”
    That’s blasphemy. Android is linux based, and everyone knows that linux systems are superior to everything, and are not vulnerable at all.
    Or you mean: iOS has lost its hold on the mobile market, and will shrink to the same % as the Mac OS in the PC world?

    I would say that you really can’t tell yet.

  3. A very fanboyish remark, and it doesn’t really make sense either. I doubt you’re trying to say that Android is working towards a 92% marketshare, as Roland (with some sarcasm no doubt) suggests.
    I’d say it shows the struggle between the ‘closed’ approach, giving more control and providing a higher level of security, but the downside of which is a strangle hold on both suppliers and customers, or the ‘open’ approach, which developpers will embrace and be a basis for a more creative and interactive community from which customers may profit, but the downside is it also allows those who want to do harm more opportunity to do so.

  4. Jim, that’s exactly why I said what I said – the arguments are remarkably similar to those 2 decades ago.

  5. After two days of Android development, I can safely say that Eclipse sucks.

    And editing a user interface by editing xml files? Really? Somebody at Google should take a look at Interface Builder…

  6. Weren’t you waiting until Android had 600% more growth before doing development? 🙂

    And yes, Eclipse, ugh. I find NetBeans less painful to use, if that works for Android development.

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