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    Android wallpaper app exploit stole info from millions of users

    Android wallpaper app exploit stole info from millions of users

    Newsbrief by Todd Haselton on Thursday July 29, 2010.

    An Android application, available in the Android Market and developed by Jackeey Wallpaper, has reportedly been stealing information from millions of users and sending it to a website based in Shenzhen, China. The unnamed app was discovered by mobile security firm Lookout and has reportedly been downloaded 1.1 to 4.6 million times. According to Venture Beat, the software then sends private information, such as your SIM card number, browsing history, voicemail password, and subscriber identification, off to Home - Jokes Paltform,funny lift for your, a site owned by a Chinese resident. The breach of the Android Market gives some weight to Apple's strict application approval process.

    source: Venture Beat
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    This actually bothers me quite a bit. I am usually very careful about apps I install and what they access. Hence the reason I only have a few apps on my phone.
    I have the fantasy wallpaper app and it has tons of great wall papers.

    Worse I was pointed to this app while looking for some good wall papers when I first got my droid. It is now off my phone but I don't know how this access level escaped me unless it was during an update I did not think to take a 2nd look at.

    From the looks of the list it got a lot of people.

    Not cool.

    I like androids openness but some common sense needs to be added to the dam app store which is the worst part of android.
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    Edit: never mind, I fail at reading comprehension.
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    I'm very skeptical that many users downloaded a wallpaper app.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nelamvr6 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by spiller37 View Post
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    Well said!

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    Quote Originally Posted by forkup View Post
    I'm very skeptical that many users downloaded a wallpaper app.

    I would have been too but even I got caught by this one.
    I cannot remember now which site it was that reviewed a couple of those apps back when I first got my phone in Feb. and gave it a glowing review.

    The dam app did have some rather nice wallpaper and a good interface for browsing them.

    I do feel like a sucker though. I guess you can never be too careful.
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    At least it wasn't a Virus......
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