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30+ Infected Apps Pulled From Android Market 91

Posted by samzenpus
from the one-bad-app-spoiling-the-barrel dept.
Trailrunner7 writes "Researchers have identified a second large batch of apps in the Android Market that have been infected with the DroidDream malware, estimating that upwards of 30,000 users have downloaded at least one of the more than 30 infected apps. Google has removed the apps from the market. There are at least 34 applications that researchers have found in the Android Market in the last few days that had a version of the DroidDream malware dropped into them. Once a user installs one of the infected applications, the malicious component, which researchers have dubbed DroidDream Light, will kick in once the user receives an incoming call. The malware then gathers some identifying information from the phone, including its IMEI number, IMSI number, packages installed and other data, and then sends it off to a pre-configured remote server."
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30+ Infected Apps Pulled From Android Market

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  • Re:Which ones? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Kamiza Ikioi (893310) on Wednesday June 01, 2011 @03:48PM (#36311750) Homepage

    Look at where that link leads... Lookout anti-virus software for Android. People's entire lives live on these phones. Why would people not protect it?

    I find it sad that so many "power" users scoffed at anti-virus/anti-malware for their phones. Waste of space and resources they said. I run Lookout, which does more than just anti-virus. It scans new files I download, then goes away quietly to the background, backs up files, etc. I also run a firewall and adblock software (rooted). I conduct private, work, and finances on my phone. People that do that need to get out of their dreamworld that their phone is hacker proof, regardless of who makes it or what OS it runs. Even if they are behind a walled garden or you never download from unknown publishers, they all run browsers and all browsers can be exploited.

    The more powerful phones get, the more they will be targeted. I'm surprised major zombie trojans haven't infected more phones yet. Millions of cheap cpu's for a botnet is a very tempting target, and as they can frequently jump on different wifi and cellular networks, with changing hosts and IPs, They would be hard to block for spam. They would also make for one heck of a DDOS weapon. And with storage ever increasing, they could be hijacked for file sharing.

  • The apps were not "Infected" by the droid dream malware -- This would mean that malware was wandering around, infiltrating developer machines and the Marketplace itself... No. Instead, said malware payload was purposefully introduced to innocuous looking apps -- similar to the gift of a poison apple, or a Statuesque Wooden Horse Gift.

    Hint: Legit app with "malware dropped into them." describes a malware infection about as well as Stigmata describes the actions of a depressed wrist slitter.

    Apparently, the sex-censors have illegalized the word: Trojans. Either that, or the submitter is a moron.

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