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Android Application Allows Remote Access – No Permissions Required

Mobile security researchers at the firm Viaforensics say they have created a malicious mobile application that requires the phone user to grant no permissions during installation, but could give remote attackers the ability to install and execute malicious code on mobile devices running the Android operating system.

HED: Google Device Maker Motorola MobilityDEK: The company will double down on the mobile space with its $12.5b purchase of Motorola MobilitySearch giant Google announced a major move into the mobile device space on Monday with a $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings. The deal, announced Monday morning, puts Google into the mobile handset manufacturing game and gives the company an arsenal of valuable patents for its mobile handsets and tablets. Google said it would pay $40.00 per share in cash, for a total of about $12.5 billion for the company. Motorola Mobility spun off from parent company Motorola Inc. in January. The transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies and  represented a premium of about 63% to the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares on Friday, August 12, 2011, Motorola said in a statement. ( Mobility is a Google partner that makes the Droid and Defy smartphones which run Google’s Android operating system. In a statement, the companies said that the deal will “supercharge the Android ecosystem” and improve competition in the mobile computing marketing. Google said that it will continue to offer Android as an open operating system after the deal, wich  Motorola Mobility operating as a separate entity within Google and continuing as a licensee of the Android operating system. In a statement, Google CEO Larry Page said that Motorola Mobility was a good fit for Google because the company had “bet big” on Android and had a “total commitment to Android in mobile devices.” “Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers everywhere,” Page wrote. The deal is Google’s largest to date by a factor of four. In 2007, Google spent $3.1 billion to acquire ad network DoubleClick, the company’s largest acquisition to date. Search giant Google announced a major move into the mobile device space on Monday with a $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings.

By Ted Julian, Yankee Group Security researchers today pulled more than 20 apps in the Official Android Market after they were found to have been infected with the DroidDream malware. Analysis of the DroidDream malware suggests that it can gather sensitive data like a mobile device’s IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number and user ID, break out of Android’s application security sandbox and download additional code. Sounds pretty scary, huh? Sure, but to grizzled security pros, it’s a story that’s also sadly familiar – and a sign of what’s to come in the mobile devices market.

A phisher hoping to harvest bank login details managed to smuggle his app onto the Android app store. Malicious apps posted by Droid09 were quickly identified, prompting a warning to legitimate users and a ban for the VXer. Read the full article. [The Register]

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