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Is Windows the sole focus of the malicious hackers because it is the most popular operating system of the world, or the most insecure? There may be debates about it; but it is undeniable that other platforms are starting to get a fair share of malware as well.

Just a few days have passed since Google announced that there are 200,000 Android devices getting activated each day. This is remarkable progress in the mobile platform business, no doubt. While Google is rejoicing, Kaspersky lab revealed a report announcing Android is vulnerable to an SMS trojan.

The trojan in question has been identified as “Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a” by Kaspersky lab. The trojan sneaks into the system as the user installs the vector .APK file which pretends to be a media player app and has a bulk of approximately 13KB. The malware then starts its operation by sending out SMSes to premium numbers, cutting holes in the pockets of the device owner.

It is not the first time that Android has fallen victim to malware; there has been news of Android malware since late 2009. SMS malwares are the most widespread form of mobile exploiting.

It seems that Android has started to become popular enough to attract malware authors. Hopefully Google will be able to keep its platform up to date in countering such threats as they emerge.

Courtesy –

Thinkgit.com

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Eager to try Android on your netbook? Well, now you can.

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Before Google announced the Chrome OS, many of us were more than looking forward to seeing how the company’s Android operating system would run on netbooks. However, when Google dropped its Chrome OS bomb, we were left wondering about the fate of Android on netbooks. After all, the Chrome OS is being designed for netbooks. What would be the point of Android on anything but phones once the Chrome OS becomes available next year?

With the help of LiveAndroid you don’t have to wait to try it out. LiveAndroid has been around for a while now. Originally launched in May, LiveCD allows you to run the Android OS on x86 platforms without actually installing the software. Up until now this was only useful to those with netbooks that actually have an optical drive. However, the folks at LiveAndroid last week announced a LiveUSB version, especially handy for those of you with netbooks or notebooks that don’t have a disc drive.

Anyone willing to give this a shot? Let us know how you get on if you do! You can download the iso file from LiveAndroid’s Google Code-hosted project page

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