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Smartphone Flaw Lets Dangerous Apps Masquerade As Legitimate

What has the industry done to fix holes in mobile apps? Earlier this year, McAfee released a report that estimates 197% increase in mobile malware from 2012 to 2013, during a time when Bluebox Security revealed a flaw in millions of smartphones that could allow dangerous software to masquerade as a legitimate app and seize control of a phone. The flaw is believed to affect up to 99 percent of Android phones. The fear was that it could be used to turn a real Android app into one that would allow hackers to read personal data on the phone, send premium text messages or call premium numbers. Here's what happened since.

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