SilverPush advertising app as malware. In this case, the permissions might have been in line with the app functionality — as sighting an artillery piece would require precise location of the gun.
The Crowdstrike report is likely to intensify debate over the interaction between Russian hackers and the Russian government. But before this debate devolves into the expected round of finger pointing or denials, it is important to point out the key discovery: Malware can be a matter of life and death.
Over the past decade, we have become inured to the risks from malware. Maybe this is because there are daily warnings about nebulous threats that only rarely seem to strike real people. With smartphones, where the device travels with us everywhere we go, the risks and the threats are often more geographic than those striking the traditional PC. While most people do not think much about the permissions that they grant to their smartphone’s apps, these permissions matter. They can impact your privacy, your pocketbook, and maybe your life.