Google Pulls Malware From Android Market; Also, $1M Stolen This Year Due to Malware

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    In two separate reports there has been some notable movement in the issue of Android malware. The first report indicates that Google has recently pulled some malware from the Android Market, called RuFraud, that was an SMS hole exploit. "Android.RuFraud poses as popular games like Angry Birds, Assassins Creed or Tetris and can affect users across Europe and Russia." It has primarily affected European markets, but shows a disturbing trend that is expected to get worse in 2012. The exploit basically tricked users into sending SMS messages to premium-rate phone lines.

    The second report comes directly from the security company, Lookout Security, and also indicates that malware is on the rise and will continue to worsen in 2012. Their report shared that more than $1 Million has been stolen over 2011 because of malware fraud on Android devices. Here is their full press release:

    Most of the time, it's easy to dismiss this stuff as marketing hype, especially the individual reports from security companies; however, a head-in-the-sand approach is probably not a good idea. For every tech-savvy forum user we have, there are two regular consumers that can (and have) fallen for some of these tricks. It's important for us to take this seriously and help our less than knowledgeable friends and family members avoid some of these pitfalls.

    Source: Engadget and BGR
     
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    Thanks for posting this dgstorm, I am glad google is working to fight malware. I think some people assume that because it's android that it is okay. Like android is invulnerable to viruses or malware somehow. Not the case though as this press release shows.
     
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    Hi Friends !!! In two separate reports there has been some notable movement in the issue
    of Android malware. The first report indicates that Google has recently pulled some malware from
    the Android Market, called RuFraud, that was an SMS hole exploit.
    the company found Android users worldwide
    have a 36% chance of clicking on an unsafe link in 2011. In the United States


     

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