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Stolen Apps

Postby george12182 » Fri Feb 25, 2011 7:59 am

I recently noticed two of my applications were basically stolen and then republished by other developers. It's like they just took the apk and changed the package name somehow, then republished it under their name. Has anyone else ran into this? Does anyone know how I prevent this? I'm not using proguard. Would using it prevent this.

What's even more confusing is that they don't seem to be gaining anything by doing this. They are free apps. They have ads but one of the apps that was stolen is still using my ad keys. I verified this by changing the admob ad to a house ad and sure enough the ad changed. The other app that was stolen is my same app minus the ads.

Any ideas anyone?
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Re: Stolen Apps

Postby blundell » Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:13 am

Interesting,

Whats the original app on the market? And whats the copy?

Have you reported it to google?
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Re: Stolen Apps

Postby george12182 » Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:52 pm

Blundel,

I sent you a PM. I haven't reported this to google yet. I'm not sure that I want to list the specific app names in a public forum since I don't know how I plan on pursuing this.
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Re: Stolen Apps

Postby blundell » Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:59 pm

To prevent copying in the future you can use 'Proguard'. It's pretty simple I actually did it today

This will obfuscate your code, basically making it un-readable and much harder to reverse engineer.

You also get the bonus of a smaller package size and a slight performance increase from inlining.

It's all documented here:

Obfuscating Android Apps on Android Dev

If you think this isn't simple enough just ask an I'll make a tutorial labelled [TUT] :-)

GL!
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Re: Stolen Apps

Postby george12182 » Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:25 am

Thanks, I'm gonna play around with it some. It seems simple enough.
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Re: Stolen Apps

Postby george12182 » Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:23 am

Well this issue was solved. Apparently people were stealing people's legitimate apps and putting viruses in them and remarketing them as their own. It was in a few news articles today.
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Re: Stolen Apps

Postby blundell » Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:57 am

Link's! Gief us links!
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Re: Stolen Apps

Postby george12182 » Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:07 pm

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/a ... tmare.html
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/faster ... pps_f.html

Search android market in news and you will find tons of posts today about it.
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Re: Stolen Apps

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Re: Stolen Apps

Postby blundell » Thu Mar 03, 2011 2:15 pm

The latest version of the Android operating system, known as Gingerbread, is not vulnerable to the exploits DroidDream uses.

Yayy for my N1 :-)
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