On Friday, security firm Symantec warned that a baker's dozen of
applications available through the Android Marketplace hosted a
"bot-like threat" that could leak information.
With an estimated 1 million to 5 million installations,
the threat -- dubbed Counterclank by Symantec -- would have been one of
the largest outbreaks of mobile malware to date. Yet other security
firms disagreed over the details: The affected programs incorporated
third-party software that was not malicious but comprised "an aggressive
form of ad network," concluded mobile security firm Lookout.
The incident highlights that uncertain gray areas continue to inhabit
the space between what is definitely a legitimate mobile application and
what is purely malicious.