Google Uses App Banhammer For The First Time

Posted: Jun 26 2010, 2:39pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 12 2010, 12:04am CDT, in News | Technology News

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Like Apple, Google reserves the right to remove apps downloaded from their app store at any point in time. While whoever has his finger on the Cupertino kill-switch certainly isn't shy about using it, Google has never seen the need to activate theirs. Until now.

Android and Me reports that Google has banned two apps from its app store and removed them from every non-rooted Android phone. One of the apps is billed as a preview picture viewer for the new Twilight movie.

In reality, both programs came courtesy of a Scio Security, who put them together to prove a point about an Android security vulnerability. Once installed, these apps exploit a weakness in Android to retrieve new executable code without the user's permission. Hopefully Google will take this as the benign warning it is and take action to make sure someone malicious can't exploit the same vulnerability.

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