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BBC Builds Smartphone Malware For Testing Purposes 60

Posted by Soulskill
from the mainstream-security-research dept.
siliconbits writes "BBC News has shown how straightforward it is to create a malicious application for a smartphone. Over a few weeks, the BBC put together a crude game for a smartphone that also spied on the owner of the handset. The application was built using standard parts from the software toolkits that developers use to create programs for handsets. This makes malicious applications hard to spot, say experts, because useful programs will use the same functions."
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BBC Builds Smartphone Malware For Testing Purposes

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  • Re:No defense (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 10, 2010 @02:57PM (#33207442)

    Apple's walled garden does nothing to prevent the kind of malware you described. They don't actually inspect an app's code, they just run it (in an emulator presumably) and see if it does anything they don't like. Getting hidden malicious functionality through the approval process would be a cinch.

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