Paper: Malware attacks to “crumble Gingerbread”

Free UK national newspaper Metro continues it’s bizarre series of attacks on Android, featuring a story in its print edition today that recycles the usual Android “malware” threat reports – this time concerning the widely-reported rogue app known as “Gingermaster” that specifically targets smartphones running Android 2.3.

Here’s the story. We think this might only be in the paper as an excuse to make a Gingerbread/crumble joke:


This is the third time Metro has randomly decided to launch an attack on Android recently. It featured a front page about security issues in May and also covered similar “hacking” ground back in March.

We can only assume someone there got locked into a pretty bad contract with an HTC Magic.

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  1. “We can only assume someone there got locked into a pretty bad contract with an HTC Magic.”

    Or a pretty good contract with Apple.

  2. Timbo

     /  August 25, 2011

    Hahaha, love the comment on the (Vodafone) magic contract. I fought with them for 2 months, but did have the contract voided :)

  3. Simon

     /  August 25, 2011

    Nothing random about it. Microsoft control the media (online and tradional paper) with the enormous advertising budgets, and basically get them to print whatever they want.

    for the last few years Microsoft were telling everyone to hate Sony and the PS3 (to help their struggling Xbox buisness).

    Now guess what, Windows Phone 7 is struggling to gain ground, the new media enemy is Google and Android and the media seem to have laid off the Sony hate..

    Funny that….

  4. Bob

     /  August 25, 2011

    either Apple or Microsoft is sponsoring this or maybe even Facebook.

    • edhe

       /  August 25, 2011

      Why do people assume a sponsorship? It could just be the paper looking for more attention.

      Which is what shitty papers do. And the metro is a shitty paper.

  5. flibblesan

     /  August 25, 2011

    If you illegally download Android applications and games from shady websites like blackdroid then you deserve to get infected by malware like this. It’s highly unlikely that any legitimate download from the Android Market would be ‘corrupted’ by hackers, as the newspaper article states, but there is a very small chance of a rogue application being submitted to the Android Market. It’s a good job really that Google seem to be much better at spotting and removing suspect applications that they used to be.

    Stick to legitimate sources and you’ll be fine.

  6. MetalMickey

     /  August 25, 2011

    stop trying to get your naked ga ga fix from dodgy chinese apps & get your porn the old fashion way, by hiding a titty mag inside a copy of the guardian whilst the newsagent has his back turned.

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