Android handsets most at risk from malware, says expert


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Security experts have longed suspected it and now it’s happened – malware has made its way onto 260,000 Android handsets.

The malware, known as DroidDream, got onto handsets via applications downloaded from Google’s Android Market.

The extent of the problem was so great that Google was forced to take action and active a remote ‘Kill Switch’.

Google’s ‘Kill Switch’ removed 58 malicious apps from both the Android Market and user’s handsets as well – and it did the latter without the user’s consent.

The malware infection has cast a shadow over Google’s mobile operating and, more specifically, the company’s slack application submission vetting.

Security expert Mikko Hypponen spoke to the Metro this morning on the issue, he said:

“I do think Android phones are more vulnerable than any of the other major smartphones out there at the moment.”

Then there’s the issue of invading people’s phones without their consent, which is quite a big deal in itself. Yes, it was to remove malicious software, but it’s still quite invasive and rather telling of Google’s potential power.

If they can get into your phone and delete stuff without your consent, what else can it do?

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