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Android Malware: Alcatel-Lucent Diagnoses Plague

Smartphone becomes cyberespionage device
2/3/2014 07:35 PM EST
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goafrit
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Re: Android Malware
goafrit   2/4/2014 10:51:16 PM
Android does not have malware problem. The malware problem comes from Google's policy of not reviewing apps. So, anyone can post anything in the store. Unlike Apple Store which is reviewed and then approved, Google allows anything to get through. Perhaps, they cannot spend few dollars to hire college grads that can look for malware and other issues before approval.

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Re: Does it work in Apple's favor
junko.yoshida   2/4/2014 10:25:36 PM
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@susan, yes, the Kindsight Security Labs report does show that trend. The perils of open source...and a whole bunch of third-party app stores make it easy to spread malware, it appears.

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Re: The Edge ...
junko.yoshida   2/4/2014 10:20:53 PM
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Yes, it makes me sick to think if any one in my famil or among my circle of friends were to install a spyware in my phone. But it makes even sicker to stomach that it doesn't matter, who it is, but anyone is capable of doing surveillance on us all...

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Does it work in Apple's favor
Susan Rambo   2/4/2014 8:21:20 PM
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Uh oh....does this mean Apple once again gets the reputation for being the least attacked? Or is iOS getting hit, too. (Remember when having an Apple computer meant not getting hit by as many viruses as PC)

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The Edge ...
j_b_   2/4/2014 7:05:52 PM
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"Of course, it can be a legitimate usage if you do this on your children's phones. If you do it on your husband's phone, it's kind of on the edge, but if you do it on the phones of your business partners or strangers, it's beyond that borderline."

What a statement ... I don't know what's worse ... that a business partner is considered to deserve more respect than a husband or that it's considered somewhat OK to install spyware on the husbands phone. How sick is this ? In my POV it's on the edge to use this against your children. Used to be possible to raise them without total surveilance. Now in certain extreme cases - maybe, so "on the edge". But if you start surveiling your husband - where does that end ? Better get a divorce. Sometimes the human "race" seems to be "beyond salvage" ...

 

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Re: Android Malware
junko.yoshida   2/4/2014 1:18:36 PM
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Rick, thanks for the links. They are both important stories. Alcatel-Lucent findings are largely in line with many of the trends that have been discussed elsewhere.

 

 

rick merritt
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Re: Android Malware
rick merritt   2/4/2014 12:57:13 PM
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BT put out a pretty interesting report on this in late 2012, too

http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1262211

More recently the NYT had a good story about NSA and British intelligence finding their own mobile keyholes:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/28/world/spy-agencies-scour-phone-apps-for-personal-data.html?_r=0

 

 

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Re: Android Malware
AZskibum   2/4/2014 9:49:46 AM
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The rapid growth in 2013 is a startlingly unpleasant surprise and doesn't bode well for the growth of the digital wallet.

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Android Malware
junko.yoshida   2/4/2014 7:41:18 AM
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I think a lot of us have known how Android phones are prone to get infected with malware. What this report tells us, however, is how easy it is for such malware to spread, how the nature of the malware is changing and how much more damange it can do in the future.

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