Google removes apps with malicious software from Android Market

By Posted 15 Jun 2011, 00:29

If you are the owner of an Android device then we have some news you may be interested in and it’s not the most pleasing of stories either. It appears that certain apps in the Android Market are being found with a type of malicious software, or malware.

The news comes from a report which explains that a professor from a North Carolina State University called Xuxian Jiang, found this new malware, which is being referred to as Plankton, in ten different apps from three separate developers which is alarming, and he is not the first to report such infected apps.

Google were apparently quick to react and in response have removed the named apps from the Market completely. The Android Market has been criticized in the past for its lack of security against these types of problems and it seems they are finally doing something about it.

The apps in question normally require no root permissions or Super User. It is suggested that while locking down the Android Market more securely it would limit the amount of apps but at the same time would do more good than harm in the long run.

Check out the article over at MobileBeat for more details about the new malware infection problem and what Google intend to do about it. What do you think should or can be done to solve these issues?