Google really needs to do something to stop this crap from getting in. Millions Download New Trojan Discovered in Android Market
Symantec has discovered a new Android botnet that is still thriving in the Android Market and has already been downloaded several million times this year. |
The Trojan 'Android.Counterclank' was packaged in at least 13 free games published by three different publishers, making it harder to trace. Symantec notified Google on Thursday and at press time, 9 of the apps were still available in Google's official app store. Click on the publisher's name to see which apps are still up:
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According to Symantec researcher Irfan Asrar, ‘Counterclank’ can carry out commands from a remote control center on your mobile device. According to Symantec's virus definition, it steals information and can potentially display ads on your device. |
“When the package is executed, a service with the same name may be seen running on a compromised device. Another sign of an infection is the presence of the Search icon above on the home screen,” Asrar wrote.
No information on geographic scope has been given, but Asrar said that the sheer number of downloads, 1-5 million, makes it the most widespread piece of mobile malware found so far this year.