If you use a device that runs the Android operating system and you download apps, you should take a look at this next piece of news. It seems that 21 apps have been found in Google’s Android Market, which have been found to be malware and could threaten the security of your device.
Not only can this malware gather data from your device but it can also download onto it and it seems this is a big problem as the apps concerned have already been downloaded more than 50,000 times by those who use Android devices. A list of all the pirated versions of apps concerned is available in an article by Jolie O’Dell over on Mashable, which first drew our attention to the situation. The list includes “Super Guitar Hero”, “Photo Editor”, “Hot Sexy Videos”, “Dice Roll” and more, so hit the link for the full list to see if you have downloaded one of these.
One of the merits of the Android Market is that it is open, as opposed to the Apple App Store, but we wrote only recently, when the Android Market Web Store opened, that this could lead to a malware threat. The advice is that if you have downloaded one of the listed apps your device may no longer be secure so it may be best to swap your device for a new one with your carrier. When you think of how many personal details we have on our handsets now, it’s best to be safe and not take chances.
The apps in question have now been withdrawn from the Android Market, which was made aware of the problem by Android Police and, to be fair, Google removed the offending apps pronto. Andrew Munchbach over on BGR also writes of this malware threat and says that some individual apps have been downloaded more than 50,000 times each and that Google is yet to make a statement about this concern. Have you downloaded any of the malware apps concerned? Are you concerned about the security of your phone? Let us know with your comments.