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Android phones now face 70 types of malware, Kaspersky reports

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Android phones now face 70 types of malware, Kaspersky reports - read the full textOpen-source Android OS is potentially vulnerable to malicious apps, sounds like common sense. According to Kaspersky though, the mobile OS is currently invaded by no less than 70 types of malware apps and there will be a lot more very quickly. Google has banned from the Market and remotely...


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Kaspersky is a lie. But id hope people wouldnt program something just to steal peoples info on android phones.

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  • 2011-04-28 14:44
  • 7BB5

Wow this is really a big issue for Google to tackle. due to the "openess" of its use of the Android O.S platform for people to develop apps, people have started making rubbish apps that are harmful and this would be a blow to Google if this isnt fixed. But at the same time as i would reccomend that Google has to put a strict control measure to make sure apps being developed for the Android are safe and are of great quality. The thing that would be a thorn in Google's flesh is that such control measures for app developers may cause them to move away which would make the Android O.S loose that appeal and in terms of the "openess" which Google has had from day one would be defeated and make the Android loose its marketshare. But it is neccessary for Google to handle this and make sure that "openess" is not defeated so as to keep being attractive for app developers.

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  • 2011-04-28 13:42
  • mEa3

I wouldn't believe a single thing that comes out of Kaspersky. Their commercials/advertisements are basically terrorism to fear people into buying their product.

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  • 2011-04-28 13:10
  • 4hH2

The solution to android's malwares and viruses is simple: buy Kaspersky :D - this is what we must remember from this article.
On the other hand, we all know that antivirus companies build viruses too and then they came with the solutions to remove those viruses...

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  • 2011-04-28 12:25
  • nDPx

> In reply to MVg6 @ 2011-04-28 11:23 from MVg6 - click to readAre you using 3G? It feelis like it drains the battery 4 times faster when using 3g than when using normal gprs!

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  • 2011-04-28 11:52
  • w47Q

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-04-27 21:16 from MA%X - click to readwow i have the nexus s and the battery life suxs... it dies in half a day... have you changed anything is the os, like mine is... 2.3.1?

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  • 2011-04-28 11:23
  • MVg6

> In reply to Myself @ 2011-04-28 07:25 from N7$D - click to readMan, do you work for Kaspersky Lab? It is far from being one of the best antivirus softwares for PC. This news is only a good way for them to sell more but if people were a little bit wiser, they would stop installing ROMs or softwares from sources that cannot be trusted.

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  • 2011-04-28 10:12
  • xC56

ha ha all of antivirus companies is creating viruses and than sold antivirus to users. Good business isnt.

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  • 2011-04-28 10:09
  • mtXT

> In reply to customer rights @ 2011-04-28 03:49 from TS{a - click to readon PC? Karspesky a resource hog? Lol you DEFINATELY never used it. Karspesky, along with BitDefender, are the two BEST anti-virus programs available on the PC(at least for the primary stakeholder)

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  • 2011-04-28 07:25
  • N7$D

hahaha the only reason that they dont have much problem is thier programs are LIMITED!!! common its either LIMITED!! or they will ROB YOU that before you cna download you need to buy the apps.. funny real funny comment

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  • 2011-04-28 06:19
  • vxt3

LINUX , SCHIMUX what ever you say all great programs experience having malware, gimme a break.. your saying linux program is perfect but practice makes things perfect and they did'nt invent your linux program overnight without trial and error .. do your homework..
I know google will continue to improve , but hey no need to say they know it hahahah GOOD job GSM arena at least the world knows about this and will be more careful on thier downloads (for the meantime until google comes up with thier perfect version.)

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  • 2011-04-28 06:16
  • vxt3

Without the GPL, the Android operating system would likely never have come about. Through the work of Linus Torvalds, the Linux kernel was made open source for all to use, share and modify. As Android runs on the Linux kernel, and features numerous modifications to these sources, it would not exist in its present state without the Open Source community.

1 GPL-derived materials that do not come with the complete sources used to compile the GPL components are considered warez, and will be treated as such under forum rule 6 and 9.

2 If you use GPL components, but do not make any modifications to them whatsoever, you should provide a link to the original source of your GPL code.

3 Sources accompanying a release should be complete, and contain all the necessary source code for any modules, scripts or definition files. Complete sources will be defined as those which compile correctly and completely against the platform for which the software is distributed, and which contain any and all modifications made to the released General Public Licenced code. The source code supplied should be the exact version for which the source code is being requested, complete with all modifications.

so providing a locked boot loader. and not providing the source code of the custom kernel can be considered as illegal and can be sued under court of law. so i think any one can provide a public interest litigation on this matter.

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  • 2011-04-28 05:10
  • vGk$

The more I hear about this kind of stuff, the more I kind of think the Apple approach may be a better option. Not nearly as hard line as them, but having some sort of in depth screening before sending stuff out there for the masses. It only makes sense, and the people are right it will get worse. That's the only reason why Window's PC are attacked more than Mac's their just used everywhere. The popular OS with the most potential will always be the ones to get attacked, it's a go for the masses type of deal

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  • 2011-04-28 05:07
  • kgNJ

Amm i love Android phone, that gave me the reallity of the modern telecommunication.....

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  • 2011-04-28 04:46
  • v{uP

Why doesn't Google come up with Malware protection / detection software rather then Kaspersky.

Android cannot enter Corporate environment if these issues are not taken care off.

I would like to see Android in corporate world.

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  • 2011-04-28 04:30
  • IaeM

Ha! Get a Blackberry!

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  • 2011-04-28 04:10
  • Qxpu

what they said is total fluke...the only they can detect is ehem2 u know what cr**k*d app or games...i dont know bout their mobile software but in their pc port kaspersky sucks big time,Memory Eating Beast(lil sibling to their bro,norton)--master of randomly hang...they should improve more on their pc port before going to mobile not going to hang my android phone/tablet with this...yet

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  • 2011-04-28 03:49
  • TS{a

It's real hard to control these malware issue....since Android 2.x are 'open source' n everyone want a piece of it as it so popular just like Windows for PC.

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  • 2011-04-28 03:32
  • u44R

This report confirms my suspicions and backs up my decision to ban Android devices for use in the Company. However, now that Kaspersky has acknowledged there is a serious security issue perhaps we will see some REAL applications coming out of Norton's. Kaspersky and TrendMicro etc to help protect us since Google evidently doesn't give a crap. When our IT department tested an Android device they expressed grave concerns about staff downloading applications from Apps Market and the way apps & google collects personal data. It seems OpenSystem means open to criminal to exploit as well.

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  • 2011-04-28 03:22
  • RN@k

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