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Google removes 22 Droid App Scams

December 14, 2011, 12:26 PM

Google has removed 22 so-called “RuFraud” apps from its Android Market after it was discovered they could jack phones into sending out expensive text messages, the BBC reported Wednesday.


Google confirmed to the BBC that the apps, which included fake versions of Angry Birds, had been taken out due to security concerns.

The fake apps are believed to be Russian in origin, hence the RuFraud moniker.

Unlike Microsoft and Apple, Android apps are not vetted before being added to Google’s app store. While Android app stores run by such companies as Amazon offer greater security, industry watchers are becoming increasingly alarmed over the lack of patrolling of the Android marketplace.

– Val Brickates Kennedy