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Bogus Android app steals millions of user's data.


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A malicious Android Market app has reportedly been downloaded by millions of users, according to mobile security firm Lookout. The app, developed by Jackeey Wallpaper, offers a variety of wallpapers including branded content such as My Little Pony and Star Wars.

 

Aside from providing backgrounds, the utility quietly collects personal information such as SIM card numbers, text messages, subscriber identification, and voicemail passwords. The data is then sent to imnet, a site that hails from Shenzhen, China.

 

The app behavior was discovered as part of Lookout's App Genome Project, an endeavor that aims to study content on the Android and iPhone apps. The firm found that most apps regularly access personal data, while many use third-party code for advertisements or other services.

 

“This is something everyone should be vigilant about,” Lookout CEO John Hering said at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. The executive suggests both Apple and Google actively pursue malicious content to be purged from their respective app portals. [via MobileBeat]

 

http://www.electronista.com/articles/10/07/28/personal.data.uploaded.to.chinese.website/

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Guess that's what no screening system leads to.

 

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if youre dumb enough to install spyware onto your computer or now your phone, you deserve what you get, its no reason that we need to dumb down computers and their functionality, Microsoft had a pocket computer similar to the ipod touch many years back called The Pocket PC, it played mp3s, videos, had internet (later models had wifi), and guess what it didnt have the feature limitations apple did, it came with word and excel. You could install your own programs, and it even had a file explorer so you could organize your files.

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Guess that's what no screening system leads to.

 

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The same would happen with Apple's system. Explain how there was a flashlight application on the iPhone that would allow users to tether their phones to laptops for free bypassing AT&T's pay-to-tether restrictions. Stop with the Apple fanboyism.

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