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Google is disputing statements from researchers at Microsoft and Sophos who this week warned that Android devices were sending spam through compromised Yahoo Mail accounts. In response, both now say they are further investigating their earlier claims.

Since at least the time of the release of the first generation Apple iPhone, sophisticated smartphone users have been working diligently to jailbreak their devices in order to load their own software, install third-party applications and make other modifications. Now, one Android device, the G2 from HTC, has the ability to roll back modifications and restore the phone to its original state.

IT security researchers Nicholas Percoco and Christian Papathanasiou demonstrated what they claim is the first rootkit for Android. Their aim was to show how slight the obstacles to the development of a such a rootkit are and how powerful the result can be. Read the full article. [The H Security]

Most of the angst and controversy surrounding Google’s decision to remotely erase a benign application from a couple of hundred Android phones recently has centered just on the fact that Google has that ability–as well as the ability to remotely install apps. But, as one security expert says, that may be a minor piece of the puzzle.

The remote-wipe capability that Google recently invoked to remove a harmless application from some Android phones isn’t the only remote control feature that the company built into its mobile OS. It turns out that Android also includes a feature that enables Google to remotely install apps on users’ phones as well.

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