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!