Lookout, a mobile security company, is warning Android settlers of a new trojan…
How about this:
Geinimi is also the first Android malware in the wild that displays botnet-like capabilities. Once the malware is installed on a user’s phone, it has the potential to receive commands from a remote server that allow the owner of that server to control the phone.
How is a user supposed to know whether the Android app being downloaded contains this malware or one similar that really could control the phone?
One reason for the walled garden that is the iOS App store is to prevent such malware from getting a large beachhead in mobile devices. This software can just be bolted on to almost any Android App and there seems to be little to prevent it or to protect the user.
Apple wanted to make sure that the iPhone would always be able to act as a phone, no matter what. The Android phones more and more appear vulnerable to act as someone else’s phone.