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
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

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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wocowboy Member since:
2006-06-01

I've been around long enough to have "enjoyed" the experience of having to re-install Windows or erase/reformat/reinstall the hard drive or having to install a complete new hard drive because of infection by a virus or malware. Even with anti-virus software installed. I've lost entire hard drives worth of data in some of those great experiences.

Having enjoyed all those experiences, I gradually came to the realization that I didn't have to worry about all that in a "walled garden" type of situation, so I slowly migrated and have been quite happy ever since. As the original poster said, if the applications you want and need are within that wall, then fine & dandy, all is well. I have no problem with the walled garden and the experience Apple or anyone else is trying to provide to their customers. If it works for them, great, there is nothing wrong with that.

I have also tinkered with my iPhone, jailbreaking and unlocking the various models I have owned. It was fun and exhilarating but I have left that behind because I know/knew the risks and don't need to do that any more. As with my computer, all the software I need or want is within the walled garden. This is probably all a function of getting older and having had those "fun" experiences of crashing computers and cellphones and not wanting to have to deal with that any more, but that's fine. As long as people know the risks, if they want to have that experience, I have no problems with it, just don't come crying to me when your computer or phone becomes nothing more than a doorstop. Been there/done that/you've been warned.

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