1. Surveillance

    Android App Secretly Records Calls

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - FEBRUARY 02:  A reporter uses a cell phone to take a photograph of Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS being used on a Motorola Xoon tablet during a press event at Google headquarters on February 2, 2011 in Mountain View, California.  Google unveiled its Android Honeycomb operating system, the first Android operating system designed specifically for tablets.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Justin Sullivan

    An application for Google’s Android phone secretly records phone calls and transmits the recordings to malicious hackers, security researchers said Tuesday. The app, which is not officially named but is thought to have a name like “System Messages,” is known as a “Trojan app,” and researcher Dinesh Venkatesan said it is one of the most invasive apps he had ever seen. The app asks users for permission to intercept outgoing calls and record audio before it is installed, and once downloaded all calls the user makes are logged into the phone’s memory—which can potentially be accessed by the app’s makers.

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