Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Apr 2013 23:00 UTC
Google "The family of Android malware that slipped past security defenses and infiltrated Google Play is more widespread than previously thought. New evidence shows it was folded into three additional apps and has been operating for at least 10 months, according to security researchers." Google removed most of it, but not before it was installed anywhere between 2 to 9 million times - finally some figures from Google itself, and not scaremongering by antivirus companies. At 9 million, that's 1.2% of all Android devices sold.
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Article title a bit misleading
by WorknMan on Mon 22nd Apr 2013 23:52 UTC
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According to the linked article:

Even after a malicious update is displayed on an infected device, the user must specifically choose to download and install it and must have configured the phone to install apps from third-party sources.

That's not exactly 'infiltrating' the Google Play store. Obviously, anytime you're running apps not vetted by anyone, there are going to be risks. The question is, do you want a corporation deciding what you are/are not allowed to install in order to alleviate risks?

Some people are willing to give up their freedom for a little security, and I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing in all cases. I mean, if all the apps you really want are inside the walled garden, it's kind of a win/win situation.

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