posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 09:03 PM
First of all, thanks for the heads-up, Mod/OP. I come here for all the latest news, and get it before MSM by 2 days, the local paper 3 days. Some
stuff I find here never goes MSM. I love going into work and saying, "Hey, did you hear about *insert story here*, and they give you a blank look.
Two days later they come back and say, hey, I heard about that *story*, and yadda, yadda, yadda. Fascinating.
Second of all, I had to chuckle when I read the title. Really? I thought for a few seconds, and delved whole-heartedly into the links provided.
Half an hour later, I was still chuckling. Time to bring folks back to reality....
I do have a "smartphone". I am a geek. My first modem was a 300 baud hooked to an rs-232 port of a c-64. That was pre-internet days, and you
dialed sites directly. It had 64kb of memory. I was 16. My, my, how things have changed.
My "smartphone" runs Android. I should be concerned, sweating the security of my data. I chuckle instead. I am an older geek now. I know how
My "smartphone" is actually a 1ghz processor with half of a gigabyte of ram. It has a 8gb stock sdcard (down to 2.3 free) and I'm gonna upgrade
soon to the maximum of 32gb. Call the sdcard a hard drive if you will, but when you consider the access times between physical and flash memory,
there is no comparison, as flash memory is literally, lightning fast. It's a mini-computer with the ability to make phone calls. It has a touch
screen interface. (I have a Tricorder app. Yeah, you can't be a geek without loving Star Trek.) It is more than just a mini-computer, because it
also has other "non-standard" computer features.
My "smartphone" has an accelerometer and a magnetometer. It has built-in GPS, eliminating the need for a tom-tom. It has wi-fi, bluetooth, and
someday 4g. It has Swype, which is in my opinion one of the crowning achievements of the Technology Age. It's an Evo 4g by Sprint. Verizon has the
clone and they call it the Thunderbolt, to be released soon. Regardless, they pack a punch, and they adhere to certain guidelines.
They run an operating system, called Android. The OS is on a flashable ROM chip. You can change your flavor of OS. The OS is open-sourced, meaning
free, and meaning anyone can change it. If you know how.
Malware: Malicious software. Software designed by the programmer to cause subverted behavior. It's does something you, the end-user, didn't agree
to. A program. One that is run on an OS.
To install malware on your "smartphone" requires you to tap a few spots on your touch screen. It is sooooo easy to install an app. To remove it is
just as easy. Longpress on the app, then drag it to the remove icon. I have run many apps in and out of my "smartphone", never ever ever worrying
about a trojan, malware, or a virus. There's a reason for this.....
Safeguards. I rooted my phone, did a backup and installed a custom ROM, (not playing favorites here, but you COULD google Azrael), and then created a
Nandroid. I have a copy of MY Nandroid stored on my phone as well as a few backups on my LAN. All I have to do is hook my phone to my laptop, (or,
perhaps, any pc in the whole wide world with a USB slot (yes, I have my Nandroid on a flash drive as well), with a usb cable), power it down, and hold
the volume down while pressing the power on button. The hardware is irrevelant, it's the software that's been keyed to operate as such. Any stock
Android "smartphone" can be booted into "recovery" mode accordingly. The whole Android OS is chock full of Safeguards. A Nandroid is the best
safety, it's like formatting your pc with the OEM cd, but it's all flash, and it restores your phone, all your contacts and installed apps, sans any
malware you may have encountered. Takes about 15 minutes to restore a Nandroid. Poof, either stock OEM, or whatever ROM you were running and all the
apps you had.
Safeguards. This ties in with identity theft. If you input all your contacts into a device, all your personal information, your SSN, your birthdate,
and you don't know how that device operates, and then you know it accesses the internet, what kind of idiot are you? Every app you install tells you
the permissions it needs, but most people just lah, lah, lah, click,click, click, app installed. As the end-user, you click with the slightest touch
of your finger, but you have no idea what you are doing. Most people with Android have no idea behind the concept, yet they use the device regularly.
Millions of us do. Android has taken over market share. 67% at my last check.
Safeguards. The hack in the MSM is only for Android 2.1 users. My Evo is 2.2. Goto settings>phone info and it lists the version of Android you are
running. Even my buddy at work, running Android on T-Mobile, said he just got the 2.2 OTA upgrade a few days ago. "Smartphones" UPDATE themselves.
Ok, Android phones do. So MSM said 50k people downloaded the apps. IT DIDN'T list how many were running Android 2.2. If you have a modern
"smartphone", you are safe, the hack can't effect you, the OS has been modified to nullify that hack. That's the beauty of Open Source, it can
evolve QUICKER than the coders can. For every freak out there trying to subvert the system, there are 100k that know how to fix it. Case in point, I
flashed my "smartphones" ROM, and three days later the source released a new version, from 3.1 to 3.2. Did I upgrade? Heck no. Everything runs
smooth, my HAVS are optimized, and I have no complaints about juiced battery life. Kudos to RICSIM for an awesome ROM, and updating it, but I like
how what I have works, and it works fine. Thank you.
Safeguards. Just because 50k downloads were recorded, far fewer were affected. People with 2.2 Android weren't at risk, which is everything modern,
so only the outdated folks have to worry. What you need to know however, is that the software developers take instances like this SERIOUSLY, and 3.0
Android is going to be really robust. It'll have all the safeguards, but it still all winds up on the end-user touching, ok, ok, ok. Install this
app even though I didn't read through the TOS. Sorry.
The mother of all malware? Not really. Maybe 300 people with outdated phones MAY be affected. Too much hype, too much ignorance.