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Does Android Malware Exist?

I’m often asked about the real danger of Android malware. This is a difficult question as it has many factors to consider, such as your location, your device, how many apps you install, and how reckless you are with the apps that you choose. There are two common factions often at odds with each other. Read Full Article

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Stealing apps, installing ads

A while back I blogged about “offerwalls” that were collecting leaked user data. But now it seems that not only users are under attack. Recently while browsing Reddit, I found the account of a popular app developer who claims that another developer on the Android Market had stolen his app, added ad spam code to it, and uploaded it under his own account with the same name. After some research I discovered that this was, in fact, the case Read Full Article

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Who Wants Ice Cream?

Google has recently announced the forthcoming availability of Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0. In such a short time, Android has seemingly come so far. I’d like to stop and take a look at the security improvements and additions featured in this release. Read Full Article

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Are “Offerwalls” siphoning your personal information?

A relatively new development in app advertising has a concerning feature. It leeches much of the same information that many Android Trojans also steal. Through an app promotion campaign, a new feature called “offerwalls” are used by Pay Per Install (PPI) services to promise further adoption and revenue for app developers. But what is the real danger? It is found in the way these services uniquely identify users and the information they collect. Read Full Article

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Malware in the Android Market

Malware has arrived on the Android Market. Three developers known as MYOURNET, Kingmall2010, and we20090202 were offering a number of Android apps for free download. Many, if not all of the apps were trojanized copies of legitimate apps from other developers. Many, if not all of the apps, were trojanized copies of legitimate apps from other developers. Read Full Article