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Old 03-02-2011, 05:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Android Apps Hacked

I saw the story. The way I understood it is someone with rights to publish in the store took existing apps from another publisher, added the malware code, and published the modified app with a similar name to the original.

The lesson I took from it is that even with a BlackBerry users are going to need to pay attention to what they are doing and not blindly download and install apps, even from app world, and evaluate the permissions required and whether they make sense for the app. Nothing is going to get on your BlackBerry without you allowing it, so you are the vulnerability.

An interesting fact for me is that google not only removed the apps from the store, but from user's handsets. That's good in this instance, but would bug me. Reminds me of when Amazon was in a fight with a publisher and pulled a book from the Kindle devices of customers who had already purchased the book. I still have both of my feet in the old world of hardcover books.
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