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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RE: No thanks.
by moondevil on Tue 23rd Apr 2013 07:34 UTC in reply to "No thanks."
moondevil
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And we'll end up with the same problems that people have on Windows


Which we used to have on MS-DOS, CP/M, Amiga, Atari, Mac OS (<= X), C64, ....

Virus were never Windows specific, rather common to any consumer systems.

Even in more secured systems, the problem still persists given how consumers behave, assuming they can have root/admin rights.

Most people will just install whatever they can put their hands on, without pausing 1 second to think about it, regardless how they got the software.

From magazines, friends, acquaintances, strange looking web sites, you name it.

The only way is for someone else to look after what people are allowed to install on their own systems, but we can all imagine how it ends if taken too far.

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