Apple has frequently removed applications from the store in the past. Amazon did so with an ebook and got an outcry…which is why Google originally planned to retain the kill switch in the Android OS for the absolute emergency.

Given that mobile phone security becomes more and more of a topic, the situation has arisen. A blog post by a Google Engineer reads as following:

Recently, we became aware of two free applications built by a security researcher for research purposes. These applications intentionally misrepresented their purpose in order to encourage user downloads, but they were not designed to be used maliciously, and did not have permission to access private data or system resources beyond permission.INTERNET. As the applications were practically useless, most users uninstalled the applications shortly after downloading them.

After the researcher voluntarily removed these applications from Android Market, we decided, per the Android Market Terms of Service, to exercise our remote application removal feature on the remaining installed copies to complete the cleanup.

As of now, nothing is known about these applications. Let’s see whether they will show up at one of the security conferences – if not, we could have our first black-hat targeting Android…


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