On March 1st some news broke that there were about 50 malicious applications in the Android Market that would be able to access all accounts connected to your device, root it and install code that would make anything else on your device that hasn’t already been screwed up easily accessible to hackers. Once Google caught wind of this problem they removed all infected apps from the Market in about 5 minutes. Google has issued a statement about the situation and here’s the email that has been sent to the 260,000 users who have been effected by this:
You are receiving this message to inform you of a critical issue affecting your Android Market account.
We recently discovered applications on Android Market that were designed to harm devices. These malicious applications (“malware”) have been removed from Android Market, and the corresponding developer accounts have been closed.
According to our records, you have downloaded one or more of these applications. This malware was designed to allow an unauthorized third-party to access your device without your knowledge. As far as we can determine, the only information obtained was device-specific (IMEI/IMSI, unique codes which are used to identify mobile devices, and the version of Android running on your device).
However, this malware could leave your device and personal information at risk, so we are pushing an Android Market security update to your device to remove this malware. Over the next few hours, you will receive a notification on your device that says “Android Market Security Tool March 2011” has been installed. You are not required to take any action from there, the update will automatically run. You may also receive notification(s) on your device that an application has been removed. Within 24 hours of receiving the update, you will receive a second email confirming its success.
To ensure this update is run quickly, please make sure that your device is turned on and has a strong network connection.
For more details, please visit the Android Market Help Center.
The Android Market Team
It is really nice to know that Google is taking these types of situations seriously and not hesitating to remove potential risks from the Market.
Via [Tech Crunch]