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Google Pulls 21 Apps from Android Market That Contain Trojan

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This will heat up the closed vs open cannard argument again I’m sure. Google has pulled 21 apps from its Android Marketplace, all by the same developer Myournet because they contain malware. According to reports the Apps were essentially pirated versions of existing Apps that Myournet inserted a trojan into and then re-purposed the App. The Apps were also popular downloads, netting by some accounts over 50,000 downloads.

The trojan gets root access to the device, captures data, and then downloads other software to create more mischief. Google was notified by the blog Android Police about the issue and acted quickly to remove the Apps.

You can find a complete list of the malicious Apps here.

Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

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  1. Mickey Segal

    03/02/2011 at 7:08 pm

    Another way you can get malware using phones is through programs that supply ringtones. These can infect your main computer, and occur with the iPhone as well.

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