Does the Android Apps being pulled by Google change things?

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  1. 1458279 Suspended

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    Google pulled about 50 Android Apps from peoples phones because of security issues. I don't know all the details, but I understand these are apps were 'stolen' and re-worked apps. One person said he knew the app wasn't written by the person listed as the author.

    Question:
    Do you think something like this would cause more people to second guess rooting and loading bootleg apps on thier phones?

    I remember way back when several large companies were caught with bootleg software and the sales of several mainstream programs took a huge jump. I wonder if we'll see something simular in the world of phone apps.
     
  2. xStep macrumors 68000

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    As I heard it, those apps where downloaded from the Android Market place, so no rooting was required. If true, that could mean a consumer didn't know that they were downloading re-worked apps. Given that, there would not be any second guessing.
     
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    Wow, so that means someone got the source code for many apps and was able to modify them and get them back on the market!

    How in the world could that happen? I understand Apple Apps can't be changed at all without going back thru the approval process.
     
  4. chown33 macrumors 604

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    The source code wasn't used, just the binaries.

    Roughly speaking, the attacker downloaded the original binaries, "infected" them with a root exploit (essentially turning legitimate apps into trojans), then uploaded the results as if they were original code.

    According to:
    http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/0...your-phone-steal-your-data-and-open-backdoor/

    via:
    http://daringfireball.net/linked/2011/03/02/android-malware
     

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