It may be because of its recent malware scare but Symantec is making up for its wrong diagnosis of the Android.Counterclank issue. By releasing the app called Norton Safety Minder, Symantec hopes to do just that.
The Norton Safety Minder is a free Android parental control app that allows parents to track and block websites which their children access on their Android device. After downloading the app, parents can easily sign up for a Norton Online Family account to help enforce this. The app works by attaching itself on the default browser of the mobile device. It then blocks websites based on the age category or even a customized list. Moreover, children are unable to [...]
The issue as to whether the Android.Counterclank attack was a malware or a mere ad network has been much debated last week. Symantec, as the first to report this issue, stated that it was the ‘largest Android malware campaign discovered.’ However, Lookout Security counteracted this report and said that it was not a malware attack, but simply a different ad network strategy.
Earlier, Symantec named the code as Android.Counterclank and classified it as a malware, or a Trojan horse. Based on the findings of their researchers, it was a variation of the ‘Android.TonClank’ malware, called ‘Plankton’ by North Carolina State University researchers. This Trojan was first [...]
So apparently, there are two sides to the whole largest Android malware campaign discovery made by Symantec. While Symantec noted that the malware infected 5 million users, Lookout isn’t agreeing to this assessment. In fact, they don’t believe that Android.Counterclank Apperhand SDK isn’t a malware at all, but an ad network.
According to Lookout, Apperhand isn’t classified as a malware because it has not shown of anything contrary its typical nature. As they put it, ‘malware is defined as software that is designed to engage in malicious behavior on a device. Malware can also be used to steal personal information from a mobile device that could result in identity theft [...]
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 [...]