Android Viruses Show up
Google's open source operating system Android has had a few viruses appear on smartphone platforms running it. The first program poses as a media player but once installed starts sending premium rate text messages.
This malicious application then sends premium rate texts from your device, with the fees going to the app's creator. This is believed by Kapersky, the lab that discovered it, to be the first virus/malicious app. to be show up on the platform."We can expect to see a corresponding rise in the amount of malware targeting that platform," said Denis Maslennikov, mobile research group manager at the firm. Symbian is currently the most popular smart phone operating system. Used by Sony Ericsson and Nokia users, "There are a significant number of Java based mobile viruses that do exactly the same malicious activity of sending out premium rate (i.e. reverse charge) SMS," on these platforms.Google plans to remove the app. from their store now it's been identified. "Our application permissions model protects against this type of threat," said a spokesperson for Google."When installing an application, users see a screen that explains clearly what information and system resources the application has permission to access, such as a user's phone number or sending an SMS."Users must explicitly approve this access in order to continue with the installation, and they may uninstall applications at any time.The spokesperson said the firm advises users to "only install apps they trust"."In particular, users should exercise caution when installing applications outside of Android Market."