New Android Malware Gains Root Without Permission

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obsama1

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Just download from Google Play. Never download outside of the market unless it's a trusted source (Amazon Appstore, AppBrain Market, etc.).
 

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[citation][nom]Kami3k[/nom]So the point of the story is to only download from trusted sources.ID10T problems like always.[/citation]
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[citation][nom]Kami3k[/nom]So the point of the story is to only download from trusted sources.ID10T problems like always.[/citation]
I prefer PEBKAC (people are less likely to figure out you're making fun of them), but I guess it doesn't apply to smartphones as well as the good old ID-ten-tee.
 

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Buy a google developer phone, it should run pretty well so you won't have to root it to get rid of the mess that the cell providers force on you.

Then, you won't be able to download from alternative markets, which will prevent something like this from running on your phone to begin with.
 

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If your friends sister made $20778 in a month @ $77 per hour then that is 8.7 hours a day 7 days a week assuming a 31 day month! Not really 'for a few hours'
Stupid spammers can't even be bothered to check their Math.
 

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[citation][nom]obsama1[/nom]Just download from Google Play. Never download outside of the market unless it's a trusted source (Amazon Appstore, AppBrain Market, etc.).[/citation]
[citation][nom]Kami3k[/nom]So the point of the story is to only download from trusted sources.ID10T problems like always.[/citation]
[citation][nom]scythe944[/nom]Buy a google developer phone, it should run pretty well so you won't have to root it to get rid of the mess that the cell providers force on you.Then, you won't be able to download from alternative markets, which will prevent something like this from running on your phone to begin with.[/citation]
There is a developer tab under settings that allows the user to check if they want to be able to install apps from alternative sources or not. By default it is unchecked, so for someone to be able to screw up like this, they would have to dig into a developer setting and voluntarily change that (regardless whether they're rooted or not). Then, their phone actually needs to be rooted for the app to gain root, otherwise it won't work.
In other words, one must try really hard to screw up on this one... And that's why Android rocks.
It all comes down to one thing: if you really think you know what you're doing, Android gives you the tools to do it, but if you don't, it does it's best to keep you from doing it. Now, if you still persist... good luck to you.
 
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