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article imageOver 50 malware-infected Android apps pulled out by Google

By Adeline Yuboco     Mar 2, 2011 in Technology
Over 50 different Android apps were pulled out by Google from the official Android App Market after they were discovered to contain malware, highlighting the vulnerability of the mobile app's openness.
In a report published by the Android Police, the problem was first spotted by a Reddit user who noticed that these apps were essentially pirated copies of popular Android apps also available in the market. The developers of these Android apps managed to discover a code that allowed these pirated apps to circumvent Android's security sandbox.
The apps were released under three developer names: Kingmall2010, we20090202, and Myournet. A complete list of the malware-infected apps has been posted by Lookout Mobile Security.
The malicious code embedded in these apps have been found not only to steal sensitive information stored within the smartphone. DigitalTrends reports that the malware embedded in these apps have the ability to download more malicious codes without the knowledge of the user, causing further mischief.
Google reacted quickly upon the learning this information and within five minutes, all of these apps have been taken off from the Android's App Market. However, since the apps have been posted in the market for four days, it is estimated that more than 20,000 Android OS smartphone users have been infected by these apps since, according to PC Mag, these apps had been downloaded more than 50,000 times per day.
Earlier, Symantec had posted in its official blog warning users of smartphones powered by the said OS about the rise of malware and trojans.
As of this posting time, efforts are underway to find a remedy for the damage that may have already been inflicted by these infected apps.
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