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Google has broken its six-week silence on the BadNews malware, telling a US security conference that while it was justified in removing infected apps from Google Play, it had no evidence that BadNews was playing a part in the distribution of SMS-borne frauds. Announcing its discovery of the malware, security company Lookout …


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  1. ratfox

    Really possible?

    "users are simply ignoring messages inviting them to click on a link"…

    Call me a cynic, but users click on everything without discrimination. If there are "low millions" of installs, then at least tens of thousands of users would have clicked the dodgy link.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Really possible?

      Come on, you believe that? It's just a scaremongering story curtesy of the Daily Mail, I mean no right minded clever and intelligent Android phone user would ever be fooled into downloading malware onto their phone, would they?

  2. Anonymous Coward

    shock horror

    As snakeoil seller makes stuff up.

    Does anyone believe lookout , trend or Kaspersky anymore?

  3. Tom Jasper

    Potentially abusive ad network?


    Surely it's just a matter of blocking ads using AdFree, AdBlocker, Adaware, etc....

    Oh, but wait... Google removed all of those from the Play app store.

    Thank Goodness for alternative sources.

    For those who really want to know (and can be bothered), "Addons Detector" (which is available on the Play store) is a great way of seeing what's accumulated after all those impulsive (or not so) installs and enable the curious to ask questions like "why the heck does Words With Friends need the ability to send SMS messages?"

    Spoiler: The answer is so that users can invite friends to play with them.

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