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.
Proof that their system works as intended. Also proof that while Android Market is significantly less regulated than Apple’s App Store, it’s not a Wild West free-for-all.