Google Activates Malware “Kill Switch” for Android

Google have been busy removing around fifty malicious apps from the Android Market, but they are finished there as the search giant has made it known that it now intends on removing the apps that have been downloaded onto Android powered devices.

According to the Google Blog, “We are remotely removing the malicious applications from affected devices. This remote application removal feature is one of many security controls the Android team can use to help protect users from malicious applications,”

If a user’s device has the infected app, they will be notified that the action will take place. Then they will also receive an email telling them when the exploit of the app has been completed.

“If your device has been affected, you will receive an email from android-market-support@google.com over the next 72 hours. You will also receive a notification on your device that “Android Market Security Tool March 2011″ has been installed,”

It seems that there are some 250,000 devices that have the infected apps! However, this is not for the first time that the kill switch has been activated by Google, as it was used last year in June to remotely kill infected apps.

Source [International Business Times]