Association for Computing Machinery
Malicious activities involving android applications are rising rapidly. As prior work on cyber-crimes suggests, the authors need to understand the economic incentives of the criminals to design the most effective defenses. In this paper, they investigate application plagiarism on android markets at a large scale. They take the first step to characterize plagiarized applications and estimate their impact on the original application developers. They first crawled 265,359 free applications from 17 android markets around the world and ran a tool to identify similar applications (\"Clones\").