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Google Bouncer Beat Up By Security Researchers

Google's gatekeeper for the Android app store has major growing pains ahead, as security researchers find ways to bypass it.
Bouncer, the gatekeeper for the Android app store, looks ready for a rough adolescence. Two groups of security researchers have probed the security service for weaknesses and have had few problems bypassing it.

Nicholas Percoco and Sean Schulte, both of security firm Trustwave, submitted increasingly malicious versions of an Android application to Google Play. Each variant of the application was scanned by Bouncer, Google's security-checking application, and it failed to flag them as malicious, the two security researcher plan to report at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas next month.

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