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More than a third of Android apps host malware

7/27/2012 12:09 PM EDT
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junko.yoshida
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junko.yoshida   7/27/2012 1:19:03 PM
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The story quotes a former cybersecurity expert for the FBI saying: "It’s going to take one young woman to be stalked, raped and killed before people realize the need security on GPS.” This is troubling -- to say the least.

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wilber_xbox   7/27/2012 2:13:05 PM
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correct Junko, such quotes are irresponsibility on anyone's part.

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wilber_xbox   7/27/2012 2:15:06 PM
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Even though i do not contest the trustfulness in this report but this is good old scare tactics and probably upcoming market for security firms.

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eewiz   7/27/2012 5:10:44 PM
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The entire business model of Android for Google revolves around gathering your private information so that they can show you more targeted ads. So All Android phones are intended to collect your private data in a supposedly anonymous way. When google itself do this, can you blame the 3rd party app developers on taking your private data and trying to monetize it? Thats why all enterprise customers go for iOS/Blackberry.

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junko.yoshida   7/27/2012 5:17:27 PM
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You do have a point. If you are so willing to share your own data with the rest of the world (in other words, "you open the door"), you probably don't have much leg to stand on.

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t.alex   7/27/2012 7:31:02 PM
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Android play store really needs rigorous approval process. Apple has been doing this and definitely the apps are pretty clean.

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rick merritt   7/27/2012 11:23:38 PM
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There are shades of grey here. We unofficially and maybe unconsciously contract with Google and other Web 2.0 companies when we use their Web services, letting them data mine our preferences. With malware third parties that run the gamut from entrepreneurs to those with malicious intent try to jump on the bandwagon as it rides past. So far the damage has not been great enough to drive people away, but...

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DrQuine   7/28/2012 5:14:36 AM
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The article title is scary ... but is the malware a technical violation of data privacy (consolidating data without explicit permission) or is it actually capturing and exploiting private data for identity theft or other illegal activities? More details are needed to determine whether these are scare tactics laying the groundwork to justify selling scanning software or a representative sampling of compromised Androids.

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goafrit   7/28/2012 12:06:17 PM
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And it is not just a woman. People give their kids phones these days. So, this risk is very broad.

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goafrit   7/28/2012 12:08:08 PM
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No. That is not true. Everyone knows in the industry that this problem exists. Even Apple Store fights with this daily despite having the practice of personally approving the apps. Let them fix their problems.

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