Malware found in Android apps

The Australian government’s Deaprtment of Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy‘s Stay Smart Online site has published a concerning post regarding the possibility of apps in the Google Play store containing malware.

The post explains:

Google has removed 32 apps from Google Play after the apps were discovered carrying a new form of malware (BadNews).

Globally, the apps have been downloaded millions of times.

Although the apps are no longer available from Google Play, if you have already downloaded any of these apps on your device you will need to uninstall them, they contain malware which may access your personal information or introduce further costly malware.

Read more here. It’s worth considering subscribing to the Stay Smart Online alerts service, where items of concern are emailed to all subscribers.

Facebook Home for Android – more privacy questions

The Sydney Morning Herald has published an article questioning the way the new Facebook Home app works and collects your data:

Home — which will be available as a download from Google’s Play Store — is viewed as a Facebook takeover of Android and a significant threat to Google, as it puts Facebook’s updates, contacts, messaging service, photos and soon, more invasive advertising, directly on to your phone’s lock screen and home screen.

Almost as soon as Home was announced some users worried that their calls, text messages, location and data from other apps would all be hoovered up. A lot of this data — including location, contacts and calls — Facebook already has access to if you use its existing Android app, while Facebook Messenger asks for permission to read your SMS and MMS.

Read the whole article here.