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Deceptive In-App Ads Hit Users of Draw Something

By Tim ArmstrongI really like the new app by OMGPOP called Draw Something. I play this game with my friends possibly a little too much. Draw Something has attracted more than 50 million downloads, and was just acquired by Zynga for $200 million dollars. It was surprising the other day when I noticed an advertisement at the bottom of the screen for a battery optimizer app. In fact, it even told me two upgrades were available!

Google: Spyware Found, Removed from Android Market

Google says it has suspended a number of suspicious applications from the Android Market after researchers at NC State announced they had discovered a new and particularly stealthy piece of spyware, dubbed “Plankton,” lurking in Android applications there. 

DroidDream: Our Wake-Up Call For Mobile Security

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.

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