Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Aug 2010 21:00 UTC, submitted by namakemono
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Kaspersky has announced in this article the first trojan specific for Android. "The new malicious program penetrates smartphones running Android in the guise of a harmless media player application. Users are prompted to install a file of just over 13 KB with the standard Android extension .APK. Once installed on the phone, the Trojan uses the system to begin sending SMSs to premium rate numbers without the owner’s knowledge or consent, resulting in money passing from a user’s account to that of the cybercriminals."
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Makes Apple Closed store sound good.
by theTSF on Wed 11th Aug 2010 21:34 UTC
theTSF
Member since:
2005-09-27

Unlike the PC, the Phone has calling and texting that following basic standards and is always linked to a person account where they can get billed for.

Perhaps reason for the iPhone store wasn't as evil as we though.

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stabbyjones Member since:
2008-04-15

Except there have been apps that get into the app store and don't do what they say as well.

The first link I opened in a google search.
http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2010/07/28/general-technology-hardwa...

Edited 2010-08-11 22:05 UTC

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Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

You mean, nobody test them before put them on the marked? That's a pretty low quality control.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

But that sounds like an argument for better isolation of applications, not a defense for the Android.

An open platform comes with trade-offs, it's deluded to think that having an open platform will have ideal results in all areas.

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Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

Except there have been apps that get into the app store and don't do what they say as well.

The first link I opened in a google search.
http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2010/07/28/general-technology-hardwa...


A system that checks apps for malicious code before releasing them to the public (even if not perfect) will be by definition more secure than a system that does not check.

If you like Androids "openness" and don't like Apple's App Store for being "closed" then lower security is one of the costs you will have to bear.

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stabbyjones Member since:
2008-04-15

Free apps from android AND iphone do more than they should and can access things it shouldn't need to.

My point was that both the open market and the closed app store suffer from the same thing.

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robmv Member since:
2006-08-12

Do you remember the time of standard telephone line modems? an application could simple dial the commands to the serial port (ATDT....) and call an expensive number, and you know, your phone line is tied to you for payment. Even today some people still use standard computers as faxes

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