Google uses its right to remove apps installed from the Android Market

Google uses its right to remove apps installed from the Android Market
Google recently used its right to remove an installed app from Android phones and the Android Market to get rid of an application that was basically a Trojan Horse. Designed to appear like an app with pictures from the upcoming Twilight Eclipse movie, the app was listed by Jon Oberheide from a security startup, Scio Security.  The real purpose of the download was to expose a security flaw that would allow someone with an evil mind to retrieve executable code without the users permission. Google, saying that the developers had lied about the intended purpose for the app, removed it and one other app developed by Oberheide from several hundred Android phones and the Android Market. The security flaw, according to Mr. Oberheide, would allow "an attacker who develops legitimate-looking apps and distributes them on the Android Market (to) gather a large install base and if there was a vulnerability within the Android operating system or Linux (upon which Android is based) the attacker can phone home to see if there is an exploit to download and push it out to all the phones he controls and take complete control of the phone via the kernel,” he said.

Google has an application called "Remote Application Removal Feature" that lets the company wipe out apps installed from the Android Market due to security reasons. One of the removed apps was called Root Strap and did nothing but simply print the message "Hello World" on the screen. The other app, as we said, was made to look like a preview to the new Twilight movie, Eclipse.




1. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

still cant believe twilight won over avatar.

2. wildturkey

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 25, 2010

i'm gonna go out on a limb and say i wouldn't mind anyone who downloaded this app to just, yeah,..... go ahead and cease to exist.

3. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

what no comment from the peanut gallery that google has total control of your phone, you all crap on apple for having a closed OS while google is SOOOOOO much better for having an open OS.

4. jp3_99

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

Wow really, google removes one app that is basically a trojan horse and does nothing but harm, and you automatically think that is even remotely comparable to apple removing thousands of apps that had any kind of "adult" content in them, which in most cases consisted of just pictures of a woman in swimsuits....Really...I mean really!!??

5. easytochris

Posts: 126; Member since: Jan 21, 2010

yeah i'm definitely going with @jp3_99 on this one. google was legitimately protecting their users from a security risk. apple was protecting people from boobs. i don't want to be protected from boobs.

6. chris2283

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 28, 2010

Lmao yess easytochris u said that perfectly lol

10. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I don't mind Google having the right to remove a potential threat to my personal information, likewise I would expect the same from Apple. On the other hand, Apple denies apps for unjustified reasons and remove apps for even worst reasons.

23. vinsterdamus

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 20, 2010

maybe apple/steve doesn't like boobs? maybe they like something else..

7. Flip7

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 27, 2009

Is hawk stupid or something I mean the app was a virus so yea full control to Google for protecting my phone duhh

8. theGodpapa

Posts: 181; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

Yes Hawk is stupid. he has his own website.

9. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

This is good news. Looks like apple fans think they have a leg to stand on. Just remember apple fans; every app is a virus to apple. Google value's its customers

11. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

you guys are too much. thanks for the laugh, just remember apple wouldn't let a virus in in the first place.

12. oz505

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Yeah, they'll just sell you a phone with tons of bugs on a bad network

13. pingpong

Posts: 145; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

I love my Nexus One. I love my iPod Touch. I hate stupid fanboys that threadcrap for no legitimate reason.

15. theGodpapa

Posts: 181; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

apple was the first company to be attacked by a mobile virus. sorry fail.

16. PhoneUser

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

LOL i know right apple just tells their money(oops i mean customers) to use the phone holding the right hand so you don't drop a call.....

20. ILOVEIPHONE25 unregistered

dude, what the fuck are you saying? do you speak english? I know this isn't english 101, but damn bro

21. agentoj

Posts: 105; Member since: Oct 29, 2009

Grammar Nazis, they never fail.

14. cupcake

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

heh heh... Serves them right for downloading anything Twilight. J/K ;) Kind of....

17. breal525

Posts: 27; Member since: May 24, 2010


18. ILOVEIPHONE25 unregistered


19. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Kudos for google in using their power correctly. But this is the downside to an open platform. Hundreds downloaded before it was caught. And this guy wasn't malicious. The next time it could be a lot worse. Googles security proved enough this time but what about the next? One reason y I don't mind a closed method of app delivery(btw Bo this is not an iphone is better post, didn't even mention it).


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

That's a risk myself and millions others are willing to take.

24. arash84v

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 18, 2009

Go GOOGLE GO GOOGLE GO!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm fine if they're going to sweep my phone from Trojan horses,..Mil ware,..viruses, long as my social security No, bank acc passowrds, name and passwords are safe,..from Thieve,..I'm fine with that!!!! THANK YOU GOOGLE!!!

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