Google Removes Malware-Riddled Android Apps

March 3rd, 2011 at 5:06 am

Google has removed 21 Android-based apps after it was learned that they contained malware, a form of malicious software. The suspended apps consist of pirated and renamed versions of legitimate Android software that have been secretly installed with malware and then offered in the Android Marketplace for free.

All 21 programs may have affected more than 50,000 smartphones that have downloaded the apps for the past four days.

Once installed, these malware affect the host phones by sending personal details to a remote server. These applications also exploits security flaws to get into the phone’s root and silently install a backdoor application that lets more software to be added into the device.

These applications are listed in the Android Police. Phones running on Android 2.2.2 and 2.3 that have downloaded the said apps can simply delete the malicious apps. Other affected Android smartphones have to be reseted to purge the rooting and backdoor.

The worse, however, is far from over as PC World reports that the number of malicious applications count to 50, including a handful of apps written in Chinese. The website reminds Android users to avoid downloading such software by double-checking details about the app, as well as installing a malware scanner into the phone.

Source: Ars Technica


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