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More than a third of Android apps host malware

7/27/2012 12:09 PM EDT
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speculatrix
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speculatrix   7/31/2012 4:00:05 PM
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I think this is mostly FUD although of course they might have been analysing apps illegally posted on warez and torrent sites rather than from the android market in which case it is not a surprise.

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rick merritt   7/31/2012 3:33:27 PM
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Indeed, security experts know for every measure there is a countermeasure and on and on. The issue is how high or low are the walls to your castle.

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rick merritt   7/31/2012 3:32:21 PM
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LOL!

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amrs0   7/31/2012 12:31:08 AM
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So did anyone actually buy these wild claims that BT seems to have retracted already, for example http://www.zdnet.com/bt-backpedals-on-claims-almost-every-android-device-has-malware-7000001837/ Seems like a FUD campaign to me. So really the question is, whose? Should the headline start with "According to Apple,..." or perhaps "According to Microsoft,..."?

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Larry M   7/30/2012 8:37:01 PM
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And, I should have added, encryption won't help here. The only way to solve this problem is to prevent the malware from unstalling in the first place.

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Larry M   7/30/2012 8:35:34 PM
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I think the attack that's being described here involves GPS but GPS itself isn't being hacked. The malware initiates GPS tracking. That is, it samples location periodically and surreptitiously sends it (e.g., via silent text message or http) to a stalker.

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Bert22306   7/30/2012 7:05:42 PM
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I mean, to prevent the user of this cell phone from being vulnerable to stalking, of course. The reason to authenticate the GPS broadcast is different. It is to prevent a hacker from introducing fake GPS position information. But that would not be targetted to just one user device, unless that one user device is the only device in that general area. Any device within range of the hacker's signal would be equally vulnerable.

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Bert22306   7/30/2012 7:00:28 PM
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Exactly. So it is the GSM or other two-way cell phone link that needs to be encrypted, and not at all the GPS broadcast (one-way) link. That was my point.

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Duane Benson   7/30/2012 4:44:38 PM
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Once again, our cool technology is a double edged sword. Are there any single edged swords? Malware or not, these phones can allow trouble to happen.Photos can have location and time data embedded in them. Unsecure texts or Twitter posts can expose such information. All of the marvelous capabilities in the smart phone in my pocket could make my life so much easier while at the same time making my entire life much more vulnerable to theft and or exploitation.

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eewiz   7/30/2012 1:54:49 AM
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Some of the GPS devices has integrated 3G/GSM data devices for accessing other online services like live traffic estimation.

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