The app in question came from Jackeey Wallpaper, and it was
uploaded to the Android Market, where users can download it and
use it to decorate their phones that run the Google Android
operating system. It includes branded wallpapers from My Little
Pony and Star Wars, to name just a couple.
It collects your browsing history, text messages, your phone’s
SIM card number, subscriber identification, and even your
voicemail password. It sends the data to a web site, www.imnet.us.
That site is evidently owned by someone in Shenzhen, China. The
app has been downloaded anywhere from 1.1 million to 4.6 million
times. The exact number isn’t known because the Android Market
doesn’t offer precise data.
I’m sure this story will get just as much attention as if it had been an iPhone app that did this. I’d like to see more proof from Lookout, though. Up to 4 million downloads?