Linked by David Adams on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 22:40 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption A new Trojan horse app has emerged to target Android devices, and this one's particularly creepy. The app records a user's phone calls and then uploads them to a remote server. The app was revealed Tuesday by security researcher Dinesh Venkatesan on the Security Advisor Research Blog, published by CA Technologies, now known as Total Defense. While this particular Trojan doesn't appear to be a threat in the wild--at least not for North American users--it's a good reminder of the growing threat of mobile malware.
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bloodline
Member since:
2008-07-28

One could allow the mobile device vendor to vet and approve each app before allowing the user to install it. This is the simplest solution and in practice very effective ;)

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leech Member since:
2006-01-10

Nah, that still doesn't work 100%. Better yet is to use something like the N900 that actually has a community repository and a testing environment that weeds out all the nasties.

That and it runs a REAL Linux distribution rather than just a Linux Kernel with a Java VM.

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