Android malware records phone calls; iPhone users unaffected

“A new Android Trojan is capable of recording phone conversations, according to a CA security researcher,” Jon Brodkin reports for Network World.

“While a previous Trojan found by CA logged the details of incoming and outgoing phone calls and the call duration, the malware identified this week records the actual phone conversations in AMR format and stores the recordings on the device’s SD card,” Brodkin reports. “The malware also “drops a ‘configuration’ file that contains key information about the remote server and the parameters,” CA security researcher Dinesh Venkatesan writes in a blog, perhaps suggesting that the recorded calls can be uploaded to a server maintained by an attacker.”

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Brodkin reports, “It appears the Trojan can only be installed if the Android device owner clicks the ‘install’ button on a message that looks strikingly similar to the installation screens of legitimate applications.”

Read more in the full article here.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “krquet” for the heads up.]


  1. This isn’t news. With 4-5 cases found world-wide, this just isn’t an issue. None of the phones infected have been infected from Google or Amazon’s app stores. If this malware finds its way onto a legitimate app store, then this qualifies as news.

    1. Reference please! Your comment comes off as total fabrication. Google has had to remove over 100 malware during 2011 specifically from there own app store, well after thousands of user infections.

      How many malware apps has Apple had to remove from their app store? How many iOS users have been infected on non-jail broken devices? ANSWER: zero.

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