Given the enormous popularity of Android for smart phones these days, it’s not surprising that it’s become a target for malware. And it’s a big target, too – the Android operating system has become an extremely popular choice for phones, given that it’s open source, easy to modify and quite sophisticated right out of the box. And I’m sure many people don’t realize exactly how big a target Android really is – most think it’s just for cell phones, but it’s actually a complete OS and we’re starting to see it on notebooks, netbooks and of course the exploding tablet market. This makes it very attractive to malware authors! Fortunately it’s also a lot more secure than your average operating system (*cough* Microsoft Windows *cough*), making attacks difficult. That being said, the first major attack has finally arrived two years after Android debuted*.
Thankfully, Google’s response has been both extremely swift and effective: from notification of the problem apps by Redditor lompolo to their being yanked from the Market and remotedly deleted from users’ phones was… five minutes. Now THAT’s a response time!