Linked by David Adams on Thu 24th Jun 2010 16:22 UTC, submitted by Governa
Privacy, Security, Encryption About 20 percent of third-party apps available through the Android marketplace allow third-party access to sensitive data, and can do things like make calls and send texts without the owners' knowledge, according to a recent security report from security firm SMobile Systems. There's no indication that any of the highlighted apps is malicious, but the report does underscore the inherent risks of a more open ecosystem as opposed to Apple's oppressive yet more controlled environment, with every app being vetted before availability.
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by clhodapp on Thu 24th Jun 2010 17:39 UTC
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The internet has been buzzing with this this story. After overwhelming response from commenters, most authors have amending their articles to reflect the fact that this report is mostly fud from a company trying to sell android security software, given that you have to give these apps permission at install time. still important to be vigilant, though.

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