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Google Tightens Security On Android Market After Attacks

Google is in the middle of improving the security on its Android Market apps platform after a recent malicious apps outbreak infected tens of thousands of users.

The Android Market was recently hit by around 50 malicious apps capable of extracting data from mobile devices and installing more malicious codes via backdoors. The apps were malware injected versions of popular Android apps and were downloaded more than 50,000 times.

Google said that the malicious applications, which didn’t affect Android versions 2.2.2 or higher, were only able to steal device specific information like IMEI/IMSI numbers and the Android version running on the device.

In a post on the Google Mobile blog, the company said that the malicious apps had been removed from the Market and the developers related to the scam had had their accounts suspended.

The company also remotely wiped out the apps from users' devices. Google said that it was also pushing an Android Market security update that undoes the exploits and stops the attackers from accessing information from the targeted devices.

“We are adding a number of measures to help prevent additional malicious applications using similar exploits from being distributed through Android Market and are working with our partners to provide the fix for the underlying security issues,” the company said.