[ubuntu-uk] Android hit by rogue app viruses

Anton Piatek anton at piatek.co.uk
Thu Mar 3 21:01:24 UTC 2011

Anton Piatek
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On 3 Mar 2011 20:34, "Vince Marsters" <vince at marsters.co.uk> wrote:
> On Thu, 2011-03-03 at 20:24 +0000, Barry Titterton wrote:
>> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12633923
>> They sound more like trojans than viruses to my untrained ear.
>> I expect the same would apply to any linux system if you installed a bad
>> software package; the malicious code would then be free to do what it
>> liked. Though it does say towards the end of the article that Google has
>> closed the vulnerabilities that the code was exploiting.
>> The article also quoted Trend Micro having a swipe at Open Source saying
>> that it was "a very attractive criminal playground".
>> Would the experts like to comment on my understanding of this, or on
>> security in general?
> They forgot (or I am going blind and missed it) that it was less than 5
> minutes after Google were alerted till the apps were removed from the
> store. Not bad going really
> As you said, they were boobytrapped with a trojan which was capable of
> sending loads of personal data and also downloading other malicious
> content.
> Vince
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