Saturday, April 9, 2011

Google confirms removal of malicious Android apps

Google confirms removal of malicious Android apps

After several days of silence on the issue, Google has confirmed it removed several malicious apps from its Android Market earlier this week and said it would remove the apps from users' devices as well.
Google confirmed it removed
 malicious apps from the Android Market.
Photo credit: Bonnie Cha/CNET News
Only devices running an Android version earlier than version 2.2.2 were susceptible to the rogue apps, which took advantage of known vulnerabilities, the company reported late on Saturday in the Google Mobile blog. The company believes the only information accessed by the apps were the unique codes used to identify the the specific device and the version of Android that it was running.
Google identified 58 malicious apps and removed them on Tuesday, but not before they were downloaded to about 260,000 devices. Google said it would use a kill switch to remotely remove the apps from users' devices and push an Android security update to affected users to repair the damage done by the apps. Affected users can expect to receive an email from Android Market support explaining the action, Google said.

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