Malware apps spoof Android Market to infect Android phones

“Google has come under fire in recent months for letting a few dozen nasty apps into its Android market, bent on stealing data or siphoning money with paid texts,” Andy Greenberg reports for Forbes. “But one new exploitative app doesn’t need to be let in to Google’s App store. It creates a fake Market of its own.”

MacDailyNews Take: “Open.”

“The malware, labeled GGTracker by the researchers for security firm Lookout Mobile Security who first revealed the new malware in a blog post Monday night, is spread through in-app advertisements, Lookout believes,” Greenberg reports. “When a user clicks those ads, which promote programs with names like Sexy Pics or Battery Saver, he or she is taken to a website that’s designed to look like the Android Market, but in fact downloads the app without any interaction. Then the user is directed to the downloads folder to install the app, which then silently sends text messages to a pay-per-text number, racking up charges at the victim’s expense.”

MacDailyNews Take: Wiiide “open.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Google’s ill-conceived, wannabe iOS rush-job strikes again. Lesson: Get the real thing. Don’t settle for inferior, insecure knockoffs.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dale S.” for the heads up.]

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25 Comments

  1. “Google has come under fire in recent months for letting a few dozen nasty apps into its Android market”

    GET REAL!

    The count so far is OVER 100 Android Trojans. And because of the nature of the ‘open’ Android app system, there is nothing preventing the recycling of these same old Trojans under new names and marketing jargon. In short: The Android app market has become a cesspool of malware and that’s NOT going to change if Google doesn’t change its attitude.

    No such problem with the Apple iOS app market. I like it.

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