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Security Researchers Warn of Risks Posed by Web-Based Android Market

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 02-08-2011 Print
A new Web-based app store that allows Android users to remotely download apps to their phone increases the potential fallout of a compromised Google account, security experts say.

Some security vendors are raising the question whether the browser-based version of the Google Android market could open up opportunities for attackers.

Google recently launched a new version of the market that allows a device owner to search for, buy and install applications on their mobile device remotely over the Web from a desktop computer. To do this, all the user needs to do is log in to their Google account.

While the capability was meant as a nod to user convenience, some warn that the functionality increases the potential fallout if someone's Google account is compromised.

"This is just one more reason to create strong passwords, and be ever-vigilant about access to your accounts and devices," blogged Denis Maslennikov, senior malware analyst at Kaspersky Lab.

"If your smartphone is connected to the Internet, you will immediately notice that on the device's screen an install is already taking place," he wrote. "Why is this a problem? When installing apps via the market on your phone, you must agree to all the permissions being requested before the app will actually install on your phone."


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