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Sony Backup & Restore App Has Malicious Content

News by Luke Jones on Tuesday November 25, 2014.

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Sony, like other Android OEM's puts its fair share of proprietary software although the Japanese company keeps its own goodies to a minimum compared to the likes of Samsung. That said, one of Sony's built in Xperia Z3 apps is causing some issues for the company and users of its latest smartphones. It seems that the Backup & Store Android app has been compromised.

A new Google Play entry showed up with the app listing "Nirav Patel Kanudo" as its publisher. Innocent you may think, but this listing is apparently managed by the "HeArT HaCkEr Group."

Backup & Restore is a Sony made application that appears on the company's Xperia smartphones and tablets and does what it says on the tin. For example, it backs up data such as apps, SMS', media, and contacts if the user needs to restore said data. The Google Play discovery reveals that there is potentially dangerous software and was published this past weekend. This isn't actually an official Sony build it seems, so it should be avoided.

XperiaBlog found the malicious content in the My Apps section of the Google Play Store while running an Xperia Z3 flagship. Sony confirmed the app exists and said that it would investigate the publication, but the company also says users should steer clear of the shady application. We fired an email Sony's way to see if they have progressed in their investigation and we?ll update this article when the company get back in touch.

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