Researchers has Uncovered more Android Malware on Google's Market

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Android malwares
Malware (malicious software) attacks still haunts Android-based devices' users. The researchers has reported their new discoveries of many malware that has been found in the Android Market. What are the latest malicious programs?

Lookout inc, the California based smartphone security company dedicated to making the mobile experience safe for everyone, for example, found a new variant of DroidDream Light. Fortunately, the malware was deleted by Google. The Malware that had alighted on the Android Market was available only in the short term and the amount of downloading are limited to only 1000-5000 downloads.

Applications that was known published by the developer named "Mobnet" is: Quick FallDown, Scientific Calculator, Bubble Buster, Best Compass and Leveler. To outwit potential victims, the perpetrator named all those applications similar to the real applications.

The Malware has the ability to automatically downloads applications and then led the victim to download other applications, visit the malicious site and download the software that ends on the downloading of updated version of the malware.

In addition to the above malware, another researcher from North Caroline State University also found an Android malware named "HippoSMS". This malware was found in the app markets in China. The program was designed to suck up your phone bill by sending SMS messages to a specific number.

HippoSMS could also automatically blocked and deleted messages sent by operator to consumers that contains the warning of additional charges.

Another application which is a version of Zitmo known to disguise the banking activation application that the goal was to steal users' financial information.

To avoid ourselves from these malicious softwares and applications, Android users could do some prevention steps as follows:

1. Downloading all of your applications only from trusted sources that can be checked from the developer's name and rating.
2. Check permissions required by the applications and then evaluates it to ascertain whether such permission in accordance with the features offered.
3. Be wary of suspicious activities of some apllications and programs in your Android phones, such as the sudden installation of applications, the SMS that sent to unknown recipient, or a phone call that automatically diverted.
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