September 2, 2014

Google Pulls Fake 'Angry Birds' App, Issues Security Fix

Angry Bird and Android have both become so popular, it was only a matter of time before someone used one to exploit the other. You might have already heard, but Google recently pulled a fake version of Angry Birds that infests your Android handset with a slew of malicious apps.  They have also sent out a security fix for those that may have downloaded the faulty application.

CNETt tells us that Jon Oberheide, chief technology officer of Scio Security, created a proof-of-concept app disguised as an expansion for the popular Angry Birds game. After the app was downloaded, three additional apps were installed without the user’s knowledge that had permission to perform malicious activities but were benign.

What’s your thoughts on situations like this where developers exploit Google and the Market policies?  How do you feel about Google stepping in after the fact?  Should they take a more proactive approach?