App store should provide anti-virus service?
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News source: oschina
Google has just removed from his own Play the market at least 15 Android applications, they proved to contain a malicious Trojan secretly scan – the user’s contacts, and the name, phone, mailing address and other private information on a remote server. Thing was the cause of the April 12 Japan screenshots posted on the Web site and the malicious code fragment, the author reminds the user to install the application before you leave a salt, in case your information is compromised.
(Code fragment, click here)
After the news spread, Carlos Castillo from security firm McAfee developers also found similar malicious Trojans. They disguised as a media player or game, then resident in the background of the Android system and the user unaware of cases, obtain contact information and upload user.
(Picture from arstechnica)
This is not Google Play Shop Trojans in the first crisis, official spokesman had refused to comment, but then Google chose a suspicious program off the shelf.
At this point, you may be able to suggest a couple of months ago, “Path”, when the Singapore developer Arun Thampi find iPhone version Path to be secretly scan and upload user contacts, including your name, email and phone number, and other private information. All this occurs without the user’s knowledge.
Path development team had to release interim version to fix this “error”, which led out of the Apple with the United States Congress between dialogue. Eventually it promised: “without the user’s explicit consent to collect user address book application data or transmission in violation of our policy. We are trying to make the situation better for the user. After the next software update, all applications must be made to access contact data expressly authorized users. ”
Problem is, store manager should be “Trojan horse” program is responsible for? Antivirus service can provide to the Crown?
That “confidence is more important than gold”, the difficulties faced by Google and Apple – how to ensure stores under the premise of a free environment, to the greatest extent to consumer confidence.
Since Google can Play in stores to mass remove programs, they at least have the ability to find malicious Trojans (at the time of audit scan API will probably know some). At the same time, such a capacity should also be used to strengthen consumer confidence.
Like Wal-Mart to a commitment to consumers: we do not buy bad beef here.
Of course, this “anti-virus service” basic obligations could become a store manager, I am afraid, or do you want to see the user’s calls. After all, you want to monitor hundreds of thousands of programs, takes the human is not a small number. With the maturing of the ecological environment, is that have made our request!
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