GGTracker Malware Hides As Android Market

June 21, 2011
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    Malware’s a pain in the ass. Everyone knows it and tries to avoid. Still, it’s called malware for a reason – and the people behind it are pretty cunning in their efforts to infect your devices. Take for example the latest piece of malware that has surfaced. Called GGTracker, it enters your device by the simple trick of fooling you into thinking that its the Android Market. Take a look at the picture below:

    How it operates is this: if you ever click on a malicious in-app advertisement, your browser will open to the URL above, hoping to fool you into installing the app. Another version is one that purports to be some type of porn app. Both of these end with the malware being install into your system. From there, it signs you up for premium text messaging service, which leads to extra charges on your cell phone bill.

     

    Here are some simple precautions to stop you from getting infected:

    a) Disable sideloading completely

    b) Be aware of what’s going on. Remember that the Android Market never opens in your browser and will never prompt you to download anything.

    Both may be pretty obvious precautions, still a lot of people are not aware of them. Malware spreads through ignorance, and with the popularity of free apps, and the carelessness of some people, expect to see a lot of infected devices. That’s why you have to remember to be alert and wary when it comes to downloading and installing programs or apps to your devices. You never know what you’ll get.

    Source: The Lookout Blog

     

    Comments

    • http://www.avg.com Maria Arenillas

      Hi Aerol. Thanks for this post on the latest malware to attack Android users. As more and more internet users move away from the traditional desktop computing model and towards internet enabled smartphones and tablets, these attacks are going to become more and more prevalent. In fact, it’s a trend that we’re already observing.

      At AVG, we work hard to ensure that all of our users are kept safe from the perils of malware. In fact, we have our own free program in the Apps Market, AVG Mobilation that can protect Android smartphone and tablet users from malicious software developers. To find out more, or to join the discussion on online safety, why not pay us a visit at http://bit.ly/avgmobilation?

      Regards,

      Maria Arenillas
      Community Manager at AVG

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