Last week Symantec, maker of Norton Anti-Virus software, issued a report stating that a malware called Android.CounteClank was maligning over 13 apps in the Android market, signalling a malware scare that could perhaps be affecting up-to five million devices. Today Symantec has taken a milder stand on the issue after it was criticized from all quarters for prematurely announcing a malware outbreak. In essence the company has retracted from its former statement now, stating that those apps were maligned with APIs that enabled aggressive advertising rather than malicious malware. Also Read - Fake apps scam: How to identify fake apps on Android, iOS
Previously Lookout had also stated that the APIs present in the 13 apps could not be classified as malware. In our opinion the lines are blurring between aggressive advertising and phishing. Anyways Android apps don t get screened in comparison to Windows Phone and iOS, so it is very easy for a developer to get away with these things.
Tendencies like downloading IMEI numbers push notifications for ads and drop search icons on desktop are very intrusive and reek of malware-like habits. This is something people all over world have already experienced with Windows. Clear demarcations should be marked out for developers, and Google has to take the lead to enforce them, otherwise the lines will always remain blurred and it will be the end users who will suffer in the end.