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“The reason why an app would be malicious is not the distribution channel it came from,”

but rather what it tries to do, says Epic’s security expert.

He says that based on a review of Google’s source code, documents produced for the court, public statements, and academic articles, Google has “under-resourced its security monitoring of off-Play distribution channels” and “has the ability to identify and review apps at the point of installation.”

We’ve heard Google’s security boss suggest the latter isn’t possible: “We can’t make the internet safe.”