This posting contains important updated information regarding an earlier blog on this website which discussed the fact that Google activated the “kill switch” on some malware-infected apps for Android phones.
Update: According to an article written by Gregg Keizer and posted on the Computerworld website, Google then made the decision to erase those malware-infected applications and remotely deleted Android apps from user’s phones.
Mr. Keizer’s article states that according to Lookout, a San Francisco-based smartphone security firm which has been analyzing the infected apps since last week, the recently-pulled-and-uninstalled apps not only demanded extended permissions, but also made off with a wide range of information from the infected phones. Among the data pulled by the infected apps were: (a) the phone’s IMSI (International Mobile Subscriber Identity) and IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) numbers, and (b) unique identifiers of the subscriber and smartphone.
If any of our readers have these affected Android smartphones, and, if these phones were the property of and used primarily for company business use, then be certain to bring this to the attention of your organization’s IT management and information security officers as soon as possible.
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