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Virus Laced Apps Pulled from Google Android Market

Written by HeavenlyAndroid   
Monday, 13 June 2011 06:00

Google's generally relaxed approach seems to be a double-edged sword where its Android Market is concerned. It is apparent, due to multiple factors, virus laced apps are seeping through into a market android phone users believe to be secure and virus free. It negates the whole theory of only installing apps to your phone from trusted sources.

Unlike Apple, who police their Appstore to a high degree, and use a variety of checks to authenticate the safety of apps before they are uploaded, Google Android Market does not have such relevant checks in place.

Likewise, Amazon.com's Appstore validates each app as malware free, and also demands more committment from developers by issuing a fee of up to $99 for the priviledge of uploading to their Appstore. Android Market requires a much more modest sum of just $25 off developers for the use of their app shop, surely making Google Android Market into a desirable gangsters paradise, freely allowing unscrupulous activities by unsavoury developers.

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Android Infestation

It seems we are in danger of becoming overrun to plague like proportions with android threats. If we are not vigilant, our smartphones could malfunction to the point of becoming completely bricked. No longer, it seems, do we have to wander to pastures unknown (by checking 'allow unknown sources'), to acquire such damage to our phones. The android virus war has spread, as it was always going to, from third party Chinese android app stores, infiltrating places we shouldn't have to worry about.

Apps are being taken from the android market, malicious content added, before being relisted free, sometimes under different guises, using other names or publishers than before.

The whole Google security debate rises to ridiculous proportions when Google's own security tools, released to counteract attacks from DroidDreamLight, themselves become virus containing vehicles, obtainable from third party app shops.

DroidDreamLight

DroidDreamLight is the culprit behind the most recent influx of infected apps, initially spotted and reported by eagle eyed reddit user 'lompolo', and pulled from Android Market as early as March. Once your android phone is infected with DroidDream it takes full control, collecting personal data, including handset ID; information which is then fed back to the virus writer, allowing the hacker to add more malicious code. Android phones running android 2.3 (Gingerbread) are immune to DroidDreamLight, although this is only a small reprieve as the majority of the millions of android users phones operate android 2.2 (Froyo) or below.

It is estimated that there have been more than 200,000 downloads of infected apps, meaning lots of potentially vulnerable handsets, once DroidDreamLight unleashes the full potential of its devastating virus. 

How to Protect Your Android Phone

It is a comfort to know that Google have apparently fully acknowledged DroidDreamLight and anybody who has been affected should have received an email notifying them that they are infected. Infected apps should have been remotely removed using Google's remote application removal feature, plus Google have restored infected phones using Android Market Security Tool . Google should make it more translucent, to its users, which apps they have removed due to virus infections such as DroidDreamLight. It is frustrating to search an app on Google Market, only to see a statement stating that the app has been removed, with absolutely zilch explanation.

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  1. Just as you take precautions to protect your pc from invasions of malware, it is imperative that you treat your android phone in the same manner. There are numerous anti-virus apps available to protect you from the nuisance of acquiring viruses; Lookout Mobile Security is my personal choice, giving me security, as it scans every app as it is uploaded and installed.
  2. It is, as always, advisable, to only use app shops that you trust. Don't install from untrusted sources, especially thrid party Chinese markets. I am quite sure Google should remain trusted, as it is sure to raise its bar on security checks of android apps.
  3. Always retain a full system back-up of your phone. If you are unfortunate enough to obtain a virus on your android, it should, hopefully, be as simple as doing a full factory reset and restoring your phone with the back-up you have previously done.

 

List of Removed Virus Laced Apps

Developer: Myournet

  • Falling Down
  • Super Guitar Solo (originally known as Guitar Solo Lite)
  • Super History Eraser
  • Photo Editor
  • Super Ringtone Maker
  • Super Sex Positions
  • Hot Sexy Videos
  • Chess
  • 下坠滚球_Falldown
  • Hilton Sex Sound
  • Screaming Sexy Japanese Girls
  • Falling Ball Dodge
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Dice Roller
  • 躲避弹球
  • Advanced Currency Converter
  • App Uninstaller 
  • 几何战机_PewPew 
  • Funny Paint 
  • Spider Man 
  • 蜘蛛侠

Developer: Kingmall2010

  • Bowling Time
  • Advanced Barcode Scanner
  • Supre Bluetooth Transfer
  • Task Killer Pro
  • Music Box
  • Sexy Girls: Japanese
  • Sexy Legs
  • Advanced File Manager
  • Magic Strobe Light 
  • 致命绝色美腿 
  • 墨水坦克Panzer Panic
  • 裸奔先生Mr. Runner
  • 软件强力卸载
  • Advanced App to SD
  • Super Stopwatch & Timer
  • Advanced Compass Leveler
  • Best password safe 
  • 掷骰子 
  • 多彩绘画

Developer: we20090202

  • Finger Race
  • Piano
  • Bubble Shoot
  • Advanced Sound Manager
  • Magic Hypnotic Spiral
  • Funny Face
  • Color Blindness Test
  • Tie a Tie
  • Quick Notes
  • Basketball Shot Now
  • Quick Delete Contacts
  • Omok Five in a Row
  • Super Sexy Ringtones
  • 大家来找茬 
  • 桌上曲棍球 
  • 投篮高手
Last Updated ( Sunday, 04 December 2011 15:03 )
 

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