Google to increase app security on Android Market after attacks

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Google will update Android Market to stop malicious malware attacks targeting Android handsets.

Following a number of malware attacks planted through applications available on the Android Market, Google has removed the applications remotely from devices and promised to step up security.

The process for flagging infected apps will be reviewed according to PC Pro.

Google security man Rich Cannings said on the company’s blog, “We are adding a number of measures to help prevent additional malicious applications using similar exploits from being distributed through Android Market, and are working with our partners to provide the fix for the underlying security issues.”

The malware was apparently able to steal information about users’ handsets, not personal information about a user.

Google also highlighted it was necessary for Android users to check the list of permissions when installing an application, even if they are downloading it from Android Market.

Google has the most conservative approach to moderating applications, allowing the community to moderate harmful apps rather than the company itself.

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