It is nice that Google is being so vigilant about malicious applications, but I personally don’t think this should give them the right to peer into our telephones and remove said infected applications at there own accord. I think it better that they release a removal tool for the malicious application or provide information on how to remove it.
Below is a copy of an email that is getting sent out by Google.
We recently discovered applications on Android Market that were designed to harm devices. These malicious applications (“malware”) have been removed from Android Market, and the corresponding developer accounts have been closed.
According to our records, you have downloaded one or more of these applications. This malware was designed to allow an unauthorised third-party to access your device without your knowledge. As far as we can determine, the only information obtained was device-specific (IMEI/IMSI, unique codes which are used to identify mobile devices, and the version of Android running on your device).
However, this malware could leave your device and personal information at risk, so we are pushing an Android Market security update to your device to remove this malware. You will soon be receiving a notification on your device that says “Android Market Security Tool March 2011″ has been installed. You are not required to take any action from there, the update will automatically run. You may also receive notification(s) on your device that an application has been removed. Within 24 hours of receiving the update, you will receive a second email confirming its success.
To ensure this update is run quickly, please make sure that your device is turned on and has a strong network connection.
For more details, please visit the Android Market Help Center at
The Android Market Team
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Please use any or all parts of this message to warn people what is going to be happening within the next 24 hours, if you’re an Android user..