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Old 05-04-2012, 01:57 PM   #1
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First drive-by malware for Android confirmed

I'm not sure if this goes in News or Android devices. It's Android News.

So the first drive-by malware for Android has been sighted in the wild. Drive-by means that all you need to do is view a website in your device's browser, and that triggers the script that downloads the virus to the device.

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"When the suspicious application finishes downloading, the device will display a notification prompting the user to click on the notification to install the downloaded app," Lookout reports. "In order to actually install the app to a device, it must have the 'Unknown sources' setting enabled (this feature is commonly referred to as 'sideloading'). If the device does not have the unknown sources setting enabled, the installation will be blocked."
Easy to avoid, in other words, but it was a matter of time before it happened. Doubtlessly, there will be more. Many more, and far more insidious than this one. It always starts small, but all operating systems eventually get malware. In a way, you could almost argue that an operating system isn't actually established on the market until someone has written malware for it.

Source: Tom's Hardware
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