Google Play Gets Updated, Hacked Within Four-Day Period
Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Play has had quite an exciting past few days. First, it goes the way of the App Store by requiring passwords for every download. Then it crashes twice, preventing developers from uploading new apps and updates to existing apps and users from downloading that content.
Google was served in a class action lawsuit last week from a New York woman, alleging that Google Play, formerly the Android Marketplace, allowed minors to make unauthorized purchases by having a 30-minute window where further downloads and purchases could be made without a password.
Google Play has responded by adding settings that allow users to have their devices mandate a password every single time a download or purchase is made, maintain the original half-hour window of password-free downloads, or even to opt out of the passwords totally. The new options were implemented in the form of an update to Google Play. No reports indicate how this will affect the pending lawsuit.
However, this was change soon became old news when a hacker brought down Google Play’s entire system, preventing any downloads, regardless of what password settings Android users added to their devices.