Your Credit Will Be Assimilated: Android Store Plagued By Phishing Apps

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Engadget is reporting that a handful of rogue Android apps — whose sole purpose was to steal users' personal/financial information — made it into the Android Market, and likely onto unsuspecting downloaders' phones, before the powers that be deep-sixed them.

As iPhone users, we're so used to the App Store's draconian approval process that we've almost stopped writing stories about it — it's become background noise/business as usual.  The upside to that process is that we can't recall hearing of any malware apps sneaking by Uncle Steve's QC inspectors.  The occasional dirty-picture or Baby Shaker app, sure, but not any "iPhishing."

Since we are in the process of testing the Nexus One (four days in: be sure to check out our past articles), we've installed plenty of Android apps.  And as iPhone users, the screen shot here was the biggest source of confusion.

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For example: this is the warning screen that precedes downloading a simple video player with a great review rating.  WTF?!?  They want access to everything!  Guess what: we looked at these warnings — and still downloaded the app anyway.

Why in God's name would we do that?

First, a false sense of security – thinking that this app has been around, others have used it, and nothing happened to them, right?

Second, we have no idea what those warnings really mean.

So it's not a surprise that other users installed the malware apps and ignored the warnings.

We know it's a delicate balance between an airtight system and common-sense self-governing, but the people who got scammed are wishing right about now that Android's approval process was a teensy bit more secure…

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