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Apr 17, 2014 11:37 AM by KSBY Staff

Cal Poly students design Trojan app

Two computer science graduate students at Cal Poly managed to design a Trojan app.

You think you're downloading a safe app for note taking on your Google Glass, but really the app is taking photos through the camera every 10 seconds when the display is off.

The app then uploads the photos it takes to a server, where the app creators can basically see your life.

The app was only up in the Android store for a couple hours before it was taken down, and no one downloaded it.

The creators say the lesson here is know what you're downloading.

"You're most vulnerable to this kind of attack, to this kind of malware, when it's not Google to download these aps, but it remains to be seen where between complete manual review or no review at all, the glass store will eventually have," says one of the app's creators, Kimberly Paterson.

They say the Android store has almost no review process, and the Glass store has a manual review process.

The creators hope Google will create a strong enough review process to prevent malicious apps.

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