|Written by HeavenlyAndroid|
|Monday, 13 June 2011 06:00|
Google's generally relaxed approach seems to be a double-edged sword where its Android Market is concerned. It is apparent, due to multiple factors, virus laced apps are seeping through into a market android phone users believe to be secure and virus free. It negates the whole theory of only installing apps to your phone from trusted sources.
Unlike Apple, who police their Appstore to a high degree, and use a variety of checks to authenticate the safety of apps before they are uploaded, Google Android Market does not have such relevant checks in place.
Likewise, Amazon.com's Appstore validates each app as malware free, and also demands more committment from developers by issuing a fee of up to $99 for the priviledge of uploading to their Appstore. Android Market requires a much more modest sum of just $25 off developers for the use of their app shop, surely making Google Android Market into a desirable gangsters paradise, freely allowing unscrupulous activities by unsavoury developers.
It seems we are in danger of becoming overrun to plague like proportions with android threats. If we are not vigilant, our smartphones could malfunction to the point of becoming completely bricked. No longer, it seems, do we have to wander to pastures unknown (by checking 'allow unknown sources'), to acquire such damage to our phones. The android virus war has spread, as it was always going to, from third party Chinese android app stores, infiltrating places we shouldn't have to worry about.
Apps are being taken from the android market, malicious content added, before being relisted free, sometimes under different guises, using other names or publishers than before.
The whole Google security debate rises to ridiculous proportions when Google's own security tools, released to counteract attacks from DroidDreamLight, themselves become virus containing vehicles, obtainable from third party app shops.
DroidDreamLight is the culprit behind the most recent influx of infected apps, initially spotted and reported by eagle eyed reddit user 'lompolo', and pulled from Android Market as early as March. Once your android phone is infected with DroidDream it takes full control, collecting personal data, including handset ID; information which is then fed back to the virus writer, allowing the hacker to add more malicious code. Android phones running android 2.3 (Gingerbread) are immune to DroidDreamLight, although this is only a small reprieve as the majority of the millions of android users phones operate android 2.2 (Froyo) or below.
It is estimated that there have been more than 200,000 downloads of infected apps, meaning lots of potentially vulnerable handsets, once DroidDreamLight unleashes the full potential of its devastating virus.
How to Protect Your Android Phone
It is a comfort to know that Google have apparently fully acknowledged DroidDreamLight and anybody who has been affected should have received an email notifying them that they are infected. Infected apps should have been remotely removed using Google's remote application removal feature, plus Google have restored infected phones using Android Market Security Tool . Google should make it more translucent, to its users, which apps they have removed due to virus infections such as DroidDreamLight. It is frustrating to search an app on Google Market, only to see a statement stating that the app has been removed, with absolutely zilch explanation.
List of Removed Virus Laced Apps
|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 April 2012 16:58 )|