Malicious Google Android Apps Discovered

by on 06/24/2010 in Android Threats, Security

Malicious Android AppsI am sure the iPhone world is smirking at this fact. How can Google not know this or even control it before it went into the wild? Are there any security measures in place or moderation?

The SMobile report concluded that nearly half of the applications in the Android Market are suspicious, but based that conclusion solely on the fact that the applications request permission to access two or more kinds of personal data on the phones.

In response, Google said that users have control over which applications access their data because they must permit the application to access such data before downloading the application. Google also reiterated that it can and will disable malicious applications.

In the Thursday blog post, Google promoted its ability to remotely remove applications. You can read the blog post here.

Malicious Android Apps

SMS Message Spy Pro and SMS Message Spy Lite are similar spyware applications from the same developer. SMS Message Spy Pro/Lite were both developed by Carrot App. The Pro version of this spyware application is the full, paid version. The Lite version is currently listed in the Market as free, but it expires in seven days. SMS Message Spy Lite can be considered a trial version of the Pro variant.

If you have downloaded and installed these two malicious applications, remove them immediately!

5 Responses to “Malicious Google Android Apps Discovered”

  1. Andrew @ Blogging Guide

    Jun 24th, 2010

    Google is somewhat a big and trusted name. So whatever they allow to be in the market, consumers would think that it is safe. This is really worth smirking about.

    • Frank Jovine

      Jun 25th, 2010

      Andrew,

      You are right about Google being a trusted company and this could be really bad if other apps get into the wild that can have adverse affects.

  2. km

    Jun 28th, 2010

    When something start popular, sure there are a lot of bad guys try to sabotages the things.

  3. Guy Incognitus

    Jul 7th, 2010

    too many sketchy apps in the android market google needs to take control as bad as that sounds i’d would rather be limited to few hundred apps that guarantee work than thousands that have to be researched downloaded and then pray that they dont drain destroy or brick you phone. remember google you give away the shaver just to sell the blades. they also have to make sure that if its android it should work with all android phones i hate having to check if certain apps will work with certain phones.

  4. Android spy

    Jul 21st, 2010

    At least Google has the solution to this malicious software but their reputation is now tainted because of this problem. I hope Google can fix this immediately.