Malware apps found on Android Market

Darren Allan

March 3, 2011

When they gather momentum, desktop and mobile platforms attract the attention of malware authors, keen to visit exploits on growing user bases.

And it would seem Android has been the focus of a spate of malware activity which has seen a number of virus-loaded apps hit the operating system’s marketplace.

Some fifty apps were apparently loaded up with malicious code which allowed the malware author to gain root access to the phone, in order to pull off any data they liked, or introduce new programs to the handset.

Google has now pulled the apps in question, but not before they’ve been downloaded up to 200,000 times.

Some of the apps were cracked versions of legitimate apps which simply had the malware code added.

At least the exploit in question doesn’t function on Gingerbread handsets, so those who are up to date with Google’s OS can’t have been victims.

The Inquirer reports that Google has triggered its remote kill switch to whip the offending apps off any Android handsets which have downloaded them. However, it isn’t clear if anything can be done about other malicious code which might have been introduced through the back-door while phones were infected.


Comments in chronological order (1 comment)

  1. qjames says:

    Yeah, good luck with that ‘open source’ software. I’d hate to be on a closed system with a quality control system.

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