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Security Research Labels More Than 290,000 Google Play Android Apps as ‘High-Risk’

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Security vendor Bit9 categorized these Android apps as “questionable” or “suspicious” because they could gain access to personal information to collect GPS data, phone calls, or phone numbers and much more after the user granted “permission” to the app. Bit9 notes this doesn’t mean these apps are malware per se, but they could do damage if compromised because the user has granted so much permission. There are said to be about 600,000 apps in Google Play, and Sverdlove says Bit9 is now compiling a “reputation” database of Android apps. The firm is also going to move on to other app stores, including those from Apple and Amazon, in order to create mobile security products that can protect users based on risk-scoring of apps.

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