Android Adware Infects Millions Of Phones and Tablets

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    'Popular'??? Maybe in Russia or China's Play Stores?

    And of course when a biased anti-virus company is involved in the report, I take it with a grain of salt.

    And then there is the iOS latest spyware:
    Link: http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/02/04/new-ios-spyware-targets-non-jailbroken-devices-but-requires-user-intervention-to-install
     
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    based on what I read on there even iOS will not catch it. Given the fact that it waits 7+ days before becoming active. That means it would pass Apple review process. Now google could easily use the nukelure option and completely remove those apps.
     
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    According to that article Google blocked access to that app so this suggests the malicious content wasn't something made up by an anti virus company. A number of other apps connected to the developer were also blocked. A recent discussion on here about buggy third party keyboards had quite a few people suggesting it was the phone makers who were at fault because they allowed the apps into their store. How would this be perceived as being any different? I will probably agree with your answer, but with these types of discussions there are often allowances depending on the persons loyalty ties. :)
     
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    Citation needed because that was not what was said
     
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    When an Anti-virus company is reporting how bad malware is, the article is almost always self serving. I use Avast on my SP3, but this is no different then Norton or Mcafee, or any other company trying to use scare tactics to increase sales.
     
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    I was in that conversation with yourself and a couple of others. What did you mean when you said it was Apple's fault third party keyboards were buggy? In this particular discussion measures have been taken to remove apps (by Google) that carry malicious coding. So if we try and relate the two, is it the app developers fault for adding the code or Google for not vetting the app before it was allowed into the play store? I felt both had a similarity even if it is my opinion the app maker is purely to blame in both situations. What is your view?
     
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    You have to re read the thread but this is not what was said. And I can bet that I didn't said that was Apple fault
     
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    Perhaps you didn't say it was Apple's fault but I felt you implied that at the time. When I suggested it was the app developers responsibility to make sure the app they design works on the OS correctly, you said this:
    This sparked the conversation about who was to blame for the issues, however you didn't contribute further at the time because you were unable to post, so apologies for thinking it was you who said it directly. Much like the issue here we have an app developer that has produced several apps that carry malicious coding. I suppose Google are partially to blame for allowing it through much like Apple should test apps thoroughly before selling them, but Google are proud of having less restrictions when it comes to apps. This is potentially a minor risk. albeit 10 million users downloaded this particular one.
     
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    [MOD NOTE]
    Lets stay on topic, we're wandering off the bunny trail. This thread is not specifically about keyboards, but rather the article/malware the OP posted.
     
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    These type of apps comes from sites with an enterprise certificate outside of the app store. I guess it's possible for malware to slip by apples review, but I never heard of it directly as such. (Different than apps who stole your contacts, pre-IOS 7). This type of stuff seems more precedented on android due to side loading, if that's the right word.
     

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