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Thousands Of Potentially Malicious Android Apps Unearthed In Google Play

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Security researchers from Indiana University, Bloomington, who recently disclosed multiple serious security flaws in iOS and OS X platforms have discovered what they say is an alarmingly high number of potentially harmful Android applications in Google's Play store.

More than 7.5 percent of the Android applications reviewed by the researchers turned out to be potentially harmful: the apps collected user’s private data, installed app list, locations, contact lists, and photos -- all without the user’s consent.

Some 400 of the apps have already been downloaded over one million times each, while an additional 2,000 Android apps were downloaded over 50,000 times.

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