Another Round Of Infections For Up To Five Million Android Users

More destructive people have been at work against the Android platform. This week it is called "Counterclank". The group who discovered the malware, Symantec, are the same people who are telling people not to use their own software. Irony aside, the threat is very real and involves apps in the Google Android marketplace. The apps are made to look like legitimate apps.

Another blatant attempt to take control of Android smartphones is on hand. Yes, it is Android again. The amount of users infected are estimated to be up to five million. The malware was discovered yesterday with 13 apps in the Google Android marketplace being the culprits. The apps will steal information from the smartphone or tablet as well as use the device to attack other web sites. The full name given to the malware is "Android.counterclank". If you have an Android device and can see a blue search icon with a magnifying glass on your home screen, this very possibly means your device is infected.

The publishers of the destructive apps are called "iApps7 Inc", "Ogre Games" and "redmicapps". These apps are classified as games, wallpapers, and porno. The games and wallpapers look innocent enough, but they come with an evil payload inside. The Android platform is gaining in popularity so it is becoming more of a target for those who have venomous intentions with their programming skills.

Symantec is the company who discovered the rogue apps. They are also the same group who confessed they did not know when the code to one of their products was stolen back in 2006. Can you trust this company if they can not protect their own products? Also, Symantec assigns the lowest priority to the "Android.counterclank" trojan. It steals your information and can attack other sites. It is likely you can make a more informed decision on how valuable your personal information is on your smartphone or tablet.

Another security company that deals with mobile threats is named "Lookout". They disagree with Symantec and say that "Android.counterclank" is not malware. Lookout confesses that most users will not want this program on their smartphone, which seems very obvious. The rogue programs, according to Lookout, can identify an infected phone by the IMEI number. Ads called "push ads" can also be sent as notifications to the user. Lookout and Symantec do not agree on the abilities of "Android.counterclank". But a sensible Android user will not allow apps like this to cross their own personal line of privacy.

Google has already pulled some of the offending apps from their Android marketplace. It is expected that they may also erase some of the other malware from infected devices using their own special "backdoor" they have. Yes, Google has a "backdoor" installed in the Android platform. As always, use an anti-virus on any computer you own. It is cheap insurance against the bad habits of destructive programmers.




How's that Open Marketplace working out for ya?

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