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Android Malware Hiding Behind Google+

Android Malware Hiding Behind Google+

Added: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The new malware titled ANDROIDOS_NICKISPY.C can collect such information as GPS location, SMS messages, and call logs. Moreover, it is able to record phone conversations on infected cell phones. Remarkably, stolen information is being uploaded to some unnamed URL via port 2018.


It seems that Google may have to reconsider the open nature of the Android market, because more and more applications contain viruses and different types of malware. For example, several days ago security researchers announced that they have discovered some new Android malware which received the name of ANDROIDOS_NICKISPY.C. The malware in question successfully masks itself as the Google+ application and can collect information like SMS, call logs, and GPS location. Moreover, the malware is also able to receive commands through text messages and automatically answer incoming calls. What is the most interesting, before answering the phone, the malware puts the cell phone on silent mode so that the affected user does not hear it. In addition, it hides the dial pad and sets the screen in such way that it displayed the home page. The researchers revealed that after ANDROIDOS_NICKISPY.C answered the call, the screen of the phone went blank.

Today the application in question is hidden in a fake version of Google+, which is called “Google++”. The application is not offered everywhere, but only limited to a number of malicious sites trying to trick Internet users into downloading the application. The researchers admit that the malware presents the increasing threat for Android users.

It was just a few months ago that Google had to yank over 50 Android applications from the Android Market, because those were found to contain malware able to steal sensitive and personal information. The surveys showed that between 500,000 and 1 million Android users were infected within the last 6 months. Today the users have a computer that just happens to make phone calls instead of simple mobiles of the past. The devices pack respectable CPU and storage. They also run a full OS and are networked. Besides, the devices are filled with the personal data and contacts that all advertisers have been lusting after for many years. That’s why, aside from just owning the Android smartphone, their users are recommended to get some education on how to secure their personal data.

August 23rd,2011

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Date:  Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2011-08-23 18:10:40)
danny226 avatari've got the xperia x8 with android 2.1, and i've installed AVG onto it, its free, and as far as i know i've not been infected with anything, but im not daft enuff to use a mobile for really important info, its mostly for music n phonecalls, n sms very rarley lol

thanks for that info sam, useful to know google arn't invicible lol

posted by Turtle (2011-08-24 00:50:04)
bigcow2k avataryup, there r quite some android protections around, avg being one of them. just make sure u pick one and install it first b4 going for any other apps. and i always keep my internet capabilities (wifi and mobile) turned off when i'm not using it

posted by (2011-08-24 02:50:22)
smallz avatari think there is a bigger picture to this. not only do you have to worry about developers creating software than can be freely released onto the market but you need to worry about google itself. Google monitors whats going on its funny how when your on your android phone and you open gmail and read an e-mail about a car loan that there is an ad above your e-mail for a car dealership, or you read an e-mail from your local computer shop and there is an ad selling computer parts. Google does updates with software that can not be deleted off the phone ( by the average user ) and it monitors what sites you visit, sms, etc.

posted by (2011-08-24 08:17:22)
jibbajabba avatarEven though Google has found some apps on the Android Market that were infected I bet most of the infections are coming from third-party sites with repackaged apps.

posted by (2011-08-24 10:33:33)
zebedy212 avatarget anti-virus android phones are minature pc's. I use 'Lookout' It's not only anti-virus but will also delete personal info if the phone is stolen and also automatically backs up all of my files to a secure server at no charge. great bit of kit it scans every file when read/writing so there's no worry of anything getting in either

posted by (2011-08-24 12:11:47)
Brynn217 avatarI have a Droid Eris and using a modified Droid OS 2.3.4 called GSB v3.6 Gingerbread OS.... anyone with a Droid I encourge to go to the xda developers website. You can Jailbreak your phone and run a modified verison of the newest OS out... That way you can use the app packages that are uploaded here at ET

posted by (2011-08-26 13:37:08)
DEMONLORD avatarsucks to be them, that why i use a old piece of junk phone still

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