Sky's Android Apps Pulled Amid "Hack" Confusion

By Gary Cutlack on at

All of BSkyB's Android apps are currently missing from Google's Play Store today, after the password-guessing warriors of the Syrian Electronic Army claimed to have hacked them over the weekend. The truth's not quite so exciting, though.

The hackers' main weapon in its war against Sky was the fact that they gained access to one of the broadcaster's social media accounts, where they posted a message claiming the apps had been "hacked and replaced" by malicious versions and suggested that users of the apps ought to uninstall them to avoid risking the security of their phones.

And although the hackers did appear to gain access to Sky's developer account dashboard and changed some of the app logos and amended the descriptions to say the "Syrian Electronic Army Was Here," it's unlikely they managed to upload altered versions of Sky's actual code as they wouldn't have had the required authorisation keys to do so. But it was enough to spread some serious panic among the Android community.

Sky explained the situation to us today, saying: "The Sky help team's Twitter account has been compromised, and the tweet that states customers should uninstall their apps is not guidance from Sky." The company also added: "Sky Android apps previously downloaded by Sky customers are unaffected and there is no need to remove them from their Android devices." [BBC]

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