Google withdraws malware applications from Android Market

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The Android platform has been subjected to a number of malware attacks from malicious applications.

According the the Financial Times, “the apps mimicked legitimate programs and carried such names as Chess, Bowling Time and Super Guitar Solo, but allowed the developers to exploit a security flaw in most versions of Android.”

DroidDream took advantage of a security hole in Android that has been patched by the Android 2.3 update.

A security expert at Lookout Mobile Security said it’s the first incident of malware attacks on the Android Market he can recall.

Google’s Android Market is the most open app store on a smartphone, with no formal approval process.

Google has not commented on the attacks.

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