Malware may be difficult to define but, as former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously quipped about pornography "you know it when you see it." At least that's the position being taken by Google and anti malware firms about two applications designed for mobile phones running Google's Android operating system. Now the developer is crying foul.
The dispute arose on August 16 after Symantec Corp. published a warning on its research blog, Security Response, about a game for Android mobile phones developed by Maxicom (http://maxicom.net/), a Newton, Massachusetts-based consulting and application development firm. The game, Tapsnake, disguised location monitoring features, prompting Symantec to declare it a Trojan application and publish a signature to detect it. Finnish anti malware firm F-Secure followed, a day later, with a post on its research blog also warning about Tapsnake and declaring it a malicious mobile spying program.
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