Monday, March 7, 2011

Malicious Apps


Now according to CNET, Google has confirmed of pulling malicious rogue apps from the market for the Android. These apps would attack known information in the phone as well as "the only information accessed by the apps were the unique codes used to identify the the specific device and the version of Android that it was running." Now we can all agree that these new smart phones are like small computers yes? With that in mind, this was going to happen eventually, rogue apps or pirated apps with viruses and malware. It was only a matter of time. The kicker here is that it only applies to the Android so far. I'm going to guess pretty soon that this will decrease the popularity and demand for them. 58 apps were rogue apps and were downloaded to 260,000 devices. I'm going to assume that the iPhone isn't affected by these apps purely because it runs off of the Apple OS and is similar to the Mac OSX in a sense, different coding and what not. Now if this is the case and the iPhone isn't affected by these apps just as the computers aren't truly affected by it. This will give more leverage for the iPhone. Let's say this does hurt Google and the Android phones, will people shell out money for the iPhone now that they know alternative phones are susceptible to malware? Possibly, another outcome of this is that people just might not spend money on either phones and just stick to phones with no apps and what not. They decrease spending and are not helping the circular flow of economy. They won't be putting money into the economy therefore this will slow down recovery time.

6 comments:

Smith said...

Could you see an economical upside to the discovery of these rogue apps?

Garrett T. said...

Only thing I could see happening is a spree of anti virus/malware apps. That's really all. Maybe a new OS that can detect rogue apps such as this possibly? It opens a new jobs I guess at the very best.

taylor said...

New jobs would be opened up but there would be no upside to this disaster. This infestation is only going to cost a lot of money to people. We all hate when we get a virus on our computers because we lose all our taxes, or other personal belongings,so why would we want that on our phones?

Alison said...

I agree that this is going to decrease their demand. A big reason a lot of people prefer Macs over Windows is that Macs don't get viruses, or at least not most of them. I think the same concept will apply here. It just gives people one more reason to buy the iPhone instead.

Ethan said...

It isn't as well known but there are viruses out for the iPhones now. The viruses have been out for a few months but come from websites and illegal downloads. So far the Appstore has been able to keep itself clean of viruses and I expect they will keep it that way, because of their strict policies on what gets uploaded to their store. This will, unfortunately, cause Android to lose some business but I think they will eventually recover.

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