If you downloaded something off the Android Market today, there is a chance that you are one of the 5 million users who have been duped by the largest-ever Android malware campaign. Symantec has dubbed this as the ‘Android.Counterclank’ and was found on 13 infected apps created by three different publishers. The titles of these infected apps include ‘Counter Strike Ground Force’ and ‘Sexy Girls Puzzle.’ Unfortunately of these infected apps were still found available on the market as of 3pm Friday.
In an interview, Symantec’s Security Response Team Director, Kevin Haley said:
“They don’t appear to be real publishers. There aren’t rebundled apps, as we’ve [...]
Everyone believes the Android platform is more secure compared to other mobile platforms such as Windows Phone or Symbian. However, hackers can still find their way to penetrate a platform’s sturdy wall.
Recently, a Trojan horse virus, which appeared as “harmless media player,” was discovered by a group of developers. Phones infected with this virus started sending spam messages to other mobile phone users. The DroidDream malware also hit a number of apps in the Android Market. These malware programs or viruses bring devastating effects, such as recording phone calls, stealing information, accessing confidential information, and making unauthorized [...]
Google recently took more than 50 apps out of the Android Market. They did this because the apps were found to contain the Android malware DroidDream. As you could have guessed, malware is not good for your device. Just like a virus on your computer, malware is very dangerous and can do crazy things to your brand spanking new Android device. However, if you have Lookout Mobile Security or any of the other best security/antivirus apps installed on your device, chances are the malware will never make it on to your device. It is always a good idea to have some sort of security program installed. In fact, Lookout runs completely in the background while still providing expert [...]
If you’ve been keeping up with our posts, you know that the Android platform, just like any other operating system, is not 100% bulletproof when it comes to hacking. And with the increasing adoption of the Android OS among phone users, it’s become quite a large and lucrative target for malicious hackers everywhere. But how do you protect yourself against these threats? You just need to be informed, be attentive, and use the right tools.1. Download from trusted sources.
Despite earlier events such as the DroidDream debacle, the Android Market is still the main source for Android apps. Google does slip up occasionally but you can at least count on them to clean up [...]
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 [...]
An article at Internet Storm Center published yesterday warns of Malware on the HTC Hagic. Panda Security came across the infection when one of their employees baught a brand new Vodafone Android device and plugged it into their Windows based computer. Analysis of the malware revealed that it was a Mariposa bot client. In a blog post at Panda Security, researcher Pedro Bustamante said, “Here is yet another example of a company distributing malware to its userbase. Unfortunately it probably won’t be the last”.
Bustamante noted that when a colleague/friend of his hooked up the Vodafone HTC Magic to her PC, their Panda based AV software detected both an [...]
An application has recently been removing from the Android market place because it is suspected of attempting to capture banking details from customers of the First Tech Credit Union without the owner’s knowledge. This information has already been reported on FTCU website, but some damage may have already been done.
On the surface, the application in question did appear to look genuine. There are legitimate applications just like it that are useful utilities “for managing accounts on Android-based mobile devices”. However, a developer going by the name of Droid09 may have used the application to gather online banking details of First Tech Credit Union customers, among others. [...]
In an interesting piece at CNNMoney.com, Janice Chaffin (head of Symantec’s consumer-security software division) has speculated that the world’s largest security software maker could develop antivirus and antispyware software for Android.
“Today we’re on Windows,” Chaffin said. “We’re going to evaluate things like [ Android] as it goes forward.”
Obviously, a few boxes have to be ticked first, however. For example, Symantec are currently only “evaluating” whether to get involved and the outcome of this decision primarily rests upon whether there is a sufficient uptake of Android on more traditional laptop/computer-style devices. [...]
Mocana, one of the top 100 privately-held technology companies in North America, have released NanoPhone suite for the Android. NanoPhone is the “most comprehensive open standards-based security suite for developers building to the Open Handset Alliance’s Android specifications”. In short, this product tightens Androids loose skin, especially in and around the area of Internet connectivity.
A secure browser and malware/virus protection are just two of the features included in the suite for Android. However, perhaps the most important aspect of the product (especially for enterprise consumers) is the inclusion of a VPN client.
Mocana state that Android has [...]