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Google jumps on Android security issue

Unlike a certain other tech giant that has been known to wait months or longer to address security vulnerabilities, Google jumped on the recent Android Market malware episode like Winnie the Pooh on honey.

On Tuesday evening, the Android team was made aware of a number of malicious applications published to Android Market. Within minutes of becoming aware, we identified and removed the malicious applications. The applications took advantage of known vulnerabilities which don’t affect Android versions 2.2.2 or higher. For affected devices, we believe that the only information the attacker(s) were able to gather was device-specific (IMEI/IMSI, unique codes which are used to identify mobile devices, and the version of Android running on your device). But given the nature of the exploits, the attacker(s) could access other data, which is why we’ve taken a number of steps to protect those who downloaded a malicious application

-Google Mobile Blog, March 5, 2011

Posted by Aaron Pressman

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