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Posted at 3:11 PM ET, 03/ 2/2011

Google pulls malware apps from Android Market

By Hayley Tsukayama

Google has pulled 21 mobile applications from its Android Market after being alerted that the apps were pulling information from users and downloading code without permission.

Mashable reported that more than 50,000 Android users have downloaded the free apps, which are pirated versions of apps that are already popular. The problem apps were noticed by Android Police, a Web site dedicated to gathering information on the Google platform.

The apps not only pull identifying user information such as the mobile carrier or user ID, it also leaves a back door open for the apps to download more code without alerting the user.

These are the apps that have been pulled, according to Mashable and Android Police. All of them were published by an entity called Myournet:

  • Falling Down
  • Super Guitar Solo
  • Super History Eraser
  • Photo Editor
  • Super Ringtone Maker
  • Super Sex Positions
  • Hot Sexy Videos
  • Chess
  • 下坠滚球_Falldown
  • Hilton Sex Sound
  • Screaming Sexy Japanese Girls
  • Falling Ball Dodge
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Dice Roller
  • 躲避弹球
  • Advanced Currency Converter
  • App Uninstaller
  • 几何战机_PewPew
  • Funny Paint
      • Spider Man
      • 蜘蛛侠

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 2, 2011; 3:11 PM ET
Categories:  Google, Mobile, Security  
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Comments

The Android is still my pick for the ultimate cyber privateer smart phone, warts and all. The Washington Post report today that Google has pulled some serious malware apps from their supposedly reputable Android Market indicates the power of Android for serious all-around work. You'll quite naturally want to be careful of the applications you grab for your Android. Actually, the discerning cyber privateer will want only one other application besides his cell phone-supplied apps. And I'm not inclined to tell you want that application is, although I expect to be reporting on it in future posts. But it's a application that no how, no way, will ever run on my iPhone. Other than that, the only applications that a serious cyber privateer would ever run on the Android are ones he develops and installs himself. After all, we're talking about the Android as the cyber equivalent of a WMD.

Posted by: TheMorganDoctrine | March 2, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Android's got cooties!

Posted by: bmovie | March 2, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I love my Android. Keep those bugger's off the market.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | March 2, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

躲避弹球 is a great game! The dialog is to die for!

Posted by: Krazijoe | March 3, 2011 8:26 AM | Report abuse

TheMorganDoctrine: Is it "Manifesto Nerd Alert"?

Posted by: duachawana | March 3, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Goodness, is the Android open platform looking a bit less attractive suddenly? Oh well, at least it's not like the locked-down proprietary Apple system where Big Brother actually vetts software before offering it to it's legion of KoolAid-drinking sheep. Yeah, the right to choose Trojan Horse applications in an open market means real Freedom!

ROFLOL!

Posted by: edarnold | March 3, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

"Goodness, is the Android open platform looking a bit less attractive suddenly? Oh well, at least it's not like the locked-down proprietary Apple system where Big Brother actually vetts software before offering it to it's legion of KoolAid-drinking sheep. Yeah, the right to choose Trojan Horse applications in an open market means real Freedom!

ROFLOL!

Posted by: edarnold | March 3, 2011 4:03 PM"
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The Android platform allows you can go to your device / handset, and click on a checkbox that says "Unknown Sources" -- what this checkbox does (as long as it's unchecked) is it blocks apps that are not from the android market.

By checking it, you are allowing installation of non-market applications, at your own risk. For the most part, if you've rooted your phone and want to run custom apks, you need to first check that box.

Apple would never allow that. Anyone can develop for Android without having to push their apps through the market. The android source code is also freely available.

Posted by: ClandestineBlaze | March 4, 2011 12:41 AM | Report abuse

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