Android pulls two dozen virus-infected apps from the Market, over 30,000 users affected
"This weekend, multiple applications available in the official Android Market were found to contain malware that can compromise a significant amount of personal data. Likely created by the same developers who brought DroidDream to market back in March, more than 25 applications were found to be infected with a stripped down version of DroidDream we're calling 'Droid Dream Light' (DDLight)," the company commented.
A developer tipped Lookout to put them in the know about modified versions of his applications being distributed on the Android Market.
The list of virus-infected applications as presented by Lookout follows below:
|Developer: Magic Photo Studio|
Developer: Mango Studio
|Developer: E.T. Team|
Recently McAfee reported that Android has become the second-largest platform for malware attacks after Symbian
It’s hard to protect yourself from malware on a mobile platform partly because virus-protection is not as wide-spread as on a regular PC, but there are a couple of steps which could help. Downloading apps from trusted sources, checking permissions required by the app, monitoring your phone for abnormal behavior and finally getting an app that would check your downloads for security are some of them.
source: Lookout, McAfee
1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4182; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
This is to be expected. Malware folks will target the biggest & most popular OS. Just like Windows for years, it's now Android's turn. Just be careful & watch what you download. This has been in the news for quite a while. They say mobile internet traffic is expected to quadruple by 2015 so it looks to get worse. Some people have nothing better to do than to hurt & ruin peoples lives. Just use the same practices that you should be using on your PC or Mac, on your Android smart phone & these problems should not be as severe. It looks like mobile anti-virus apps are going to be the real money makes in the very near future, if not now!
2. mdw (unregistered)
Why is it that when I use Lookout Mobile Security to scan my apps, it says "No malware or spyware apps found" Yet I have 13 of these 34 apps on my phone? Yes it is the same name. Yes it is the same developer. Yes all 13 of them, when I search for them on the android market are no longer available for me download.
Does this Lookout Mobile Security by Lookout, Inc really scan my apps? Or just give me a false sense of security?
12. followasmile (unregistered)
Lookout mobile security is a waste unless you want to use it for its phone locator and backup purposes. Some of the apps you can just TELL would be malicious because, seriously, if you're downloading anything that is about hot babes, you deserve to get a virus- cause those generally are the malicious ones. If youre downloading things that your phone already comes with, like volume control and contact deleter, wow. The best way to protect yourself is to read the reviews and check the star ratings and the permissions the app needs access to. You don't NEED a virus protection, it just makes your phone slower and they dont do anything. You just need to be an itelligent user.
37. SomeGuy (unregistered)
3. clevername (Posts: 1429; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
Well since my nexus 1 is my work phone I just found a great reason to tell my boss i need a new phone, and switch to a more secure os. There have been just too many virus threats and they just keep getting bigger and more serious. I think I'll recommend he talk to the hospitals administration about banning Android. There is too much of a risk of patient information getting out. I know this wasn't the case this time but the potential to get worse is high. Android definitely should be the os of business. Not until Google can fix this.
5. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Okay, let me get this straight. Just because some asshole laced third tier apps that most people wouldn't download anyway with a virus, you're going to drop Android altogether?
That's like telling everyone to switch away from Windows because if someone is stupid they can get a virus on a Windows computer.
But if you're going to switch, maybe try Windows Phone 7 or Blackberry. But remember, no platform is completely secure.
7. The one (unregistered)
Thats a pretty ignorrant comment, for one "malware" isnt something thats obvious nor is a virus in most cases. Someone in middle school could have told you that. Some of that garbage sounds crazy, but some of the others look like legit apps. Instead of sounding and looking like another no brain idiot one that thinks his simple mind somehow is the end all be all try to do a little research. Thats where the stupidity is with you, Ignorrance clearly is bliss....
10. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Excuse me? Most of the apps in that list look like coughed up garbage. The rest only have niche appeal. I KNOW that malware isn't immediately obvious, I never said it was.
The rest of your comment is pure speculation and ad hominem. You fail entirely.
19. lollipop (Posts: 43; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)
Most Android apps look like coughed up garbage.....
35. SomeGuy (unregistered)
Sniggly, you are so blind it's ridiculous.
Most people aren't techy. They see certain apps they think they'll like and download them. They don't think beyond that. I work with Verizon customers all day, and I have seen these applications on a few peoples phones. It is a concern, and people aren't protecting themselves. This is real, and is not some scheme by Apple to make Android look bad.
56. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Sniggly is a fandroid troll. He's made it his life mission to convince everyone that android is better than iOS so he can't help himself. Notice how he mentioned blackberry and windows as alternatives, but not iOS. With android being "open" it's harder to keep it secure. Fact of life. There's benefits to being open, but also downsides and each has to make a decision. For business android isn't a good solution. At least not yet.
70. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Taco, while I may sometimes be a troll, I'm still better informed, and I'm not a worshipping goon like you are.
79. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Better informed in what way? You're constantly wrong and contradict yourself on the same response. I don't worship Apple I just respond to android trolls to show you how silly you are.
81. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
"You're constantly wrong and contradict yourself in the same response."
Project much? What have I specifically been wrong about that I haven't owned up to? Btw, nice job completely ignoring my responses to you and ardent in the thread about iOS 5 and icloud. But it's typical for you: you spout bullshit, I do research and prove you wrong, and you either leave or wait for someone else to argue with me before cheering them on. You're a brainless goon, a lackey who never knows what he's talking about. I doubt you've ever even touched an Android phone from the way you talk.
85. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Youre wrong right now in this thread because you won't admit that being open makes android more susceptible to viruses. I say what I have to say in a thread. I don't constantly check back to see if you replied douche. I've used the incredible and thunderbolt. Still prefer an iPhone.
86. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I never said that the OS isn't more susceptible. In fact I've made it clear in this thread that I'd like to see more anti virus filtering in the market. However, just like with a PC, your actual susceptibility to viruses depends on how much of a retard you are. And though you'd like it to be, this "increased susceptibility" is not a fatal flaw. I have had two Android phones over the course of a year and a half, and have never been infected. I don't even run any anti virus software. I don't run anti virus software on my computer either. I've gotten a couple viruses there, but they were due to my stupidity and I learned from my mistakes.
So let's try again: what specifically am I ever wrong about?
80. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
nice comeback... but honestly this is a real problem becuase, while it is preventable, i really dont want to look up each app i download to make sure it doesnt have malware... this is a fundemental problem for android... and ya, it limits it almost completely from being business oriented
82. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
You don't have to look up individual apps to make sure they're not malware. None of these apps were very popular. At the very most, 120,000 people were affected. In the grand scheme of the Android Market, that's not much. Sure, I'd like to see Google screen apps a little better, but it's not a crippling issue. Besides, would you really want a "hot girls" app on your work phone anyway?
83. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
no, but what if one person in my 25,000 employee workforce downloaded this app, and then stole contacts passwords etc.... all it wud take is one...
84. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
So if you're that worried about it, then institute a ban on downloading any app not approved by tech support. It's how they do it with work computers.
87. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
yes, but why not just get a blackberry, wp7, or iphone, where u dont need to get the tech support to check the apps...
89. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Because if you're not an idiot you really *don't* need tech support to check. Also, Android offers better hardware, faster updates, and more functionality across the board.
It's as easy to learn as the iphone, with the deep functionality of Blackberry, along with the software support of Windows. To an extent. If most of the world's businesses can live with the potential security risk associated with Windows (and continue to do so) then they can live with the potential security risk associated with Android.
92. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
did u just say android has faster updates? are u high? do i really even need to argue that one?
and so childish and naive... we both know android is moe complex, is nowhere near the enterprise and business support blackberry and ios have... and it does not intigrate wel... u relaize if u dont use gmail u r screwed on email right?
93. Whateverman (Posts: 3224; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Just because Android can do more doesn't mean it's complex or too complicated. You don't have to use every feature that Android has to offer. It can be as simple to operate as any other phone.
72. LOLOLO (unregistered)
yea thats why the iphone has gotten so many viruses. same with my imacs and macbooks. I have viruses all over the place. *sarcasm
6. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
And besides, Google IS doing something here. They're fucking stomping the shit out of the malware infected apps. By the time this story got to the public the apps were already pulled. That's some goddamned swift action.
8. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4182; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
I agree, why on Earth will you just DROP Android altogether? It's the apps that have malware, maybe the people at your hospitals shouldn’t download apps & just use the phone for work only. Google is HUGE, they HAVE & will most definitely address this in the future. Google wants to protect their baby! Going to another OS would be counterproductive, just don't download apps, use your phones for work & patients personal information will not be compromised!
88. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
oh bcuase it was so hard for them to press the kill button... what about all the people who have alrady been infected?
90. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
The malware was probably removed with the app. Only a small fraction of people were affected.
91. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
they usuals get their apps removed from their phones, phones patched and a nice message from Google telling them about the situation
9. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Google Needs to find a way to keep their openness and find a way to deal with vicious devs maybe partner with lookout and index all the applications on the android market, as soon as a new app hits the market verify the app is not mallaware and ad a tag to apps that are already checked.... they are able to index the whole internet(almost) i bet scanning and verifying all the apps on the market plus the future apps would be easy
11. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Lookout only knew the apps were malware when a developer alerted them about it. I agree though, Google should (and probably will) develop ways to button down security holes in Android, just like they did with the wiring security issue.
13. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I've heard (sorry not source) about them planing on checking the apps when they land on the market the apps is aviable but could be pulled any second if malicious code is found.... something goes around the lines of Ice Cream Sandwich but its a update on their servers
14. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
If you are dumb enough to download those porn apps then you are just asking for a virus. That should always be expected when it comes down to porn in general.
Always take the time to review the comments and developer if you think theres a chance of a virus.
78. SavageLucy42 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
What are we supposed to do? Buy our pornography in a store?
15. G-reg (unregistered)
First off, lets void some article info. 30,000 and 120,000 devices infected... this comming from the company that provides you the "security" agenst such events. Corporate tool you are if belief in these numbers you do.
Secondly, i would say dont be an idiot... but hell, thats impossible. No sales rep wants to spend the time to show you how the phone works, and lord knows people are afraid to hit the damn option button on the phones so they never figure it out themselves. Im the most techi sales rep I know and it honestly makes this job harder.
Could be the common inherited ignorance of this region but i fear it is not.
17. Apple Fanboy (unregistered)
Soooo out of about 294,000 apps in the Android Market recorded in May 2011 (TechCrunch) there has been 2-3 times where there was a number (over 10) of affected apps each time, and the App Store has about 500,000 apps in it as of 5/25 and growing and it has had how many attacks?? Yes, please drop Android and get a Blackberry at least, way better than shitty ass Androids these dudes are brainwashed, anyways, yeah come at me and tell me that na its cuz Android is the leading OS blah blah blah, same bs as always hahaha, I honestly don't get why all you Fandroids are on here, isn't there some Android forum you can go to? All you Apple haters are on here and defend Android about everything they do and bash on Apple over EVERYTHING they do lol.
18. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
And to your left you can see an iFanboy, of the hypocritical variety. This bottom dweller believes that his iPhone is completely impervious to malicious attacks of any sort and accuses Android lovers of defending anything bad about Android that crops up, while ignoring the countless times Apple has fucked up or shown their evil side and iFanboys have defended their favorite company.
20. Apple Fanboy (unregistered)
lol not saying all that man, just that you little *itches complain about Apple cracking down on developers and how closed their OS is, this is exactly why, I gotta say I'm dissapointed though, I thought SuperAndroidEVO would be the first to respond....oh well, as for you, go shove your Android where the sun don't shine :)
29. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I don't mind if there's quality control in an app market. What we complain about with Apple's App Store is how they clamp down on everything, have a seemingly arbitrary methodology for selecting what gets approved, and will even force developers to change the names of apps that came out before, and share a title with, something Apple is coming out with.
I won't mind if Google takes some preemptive action to stop malware from coming in and fixing vulnerabilities to it. But it can do that without becoming like Apple.
And are you giving me that advice based on your personal experience on how you use your iPhone? Do you use the vibrate function in conjunction with that? How about lube?
47. WelcomeToRetardNation (unregistered)
Sniggly is owning this post. Yes apple Fanboy your Irobotness is glowing. Little do you know about the world unless its handed to you by your God in the sky, Steve Jobs. Little Fanboy I imagined you turned a blind eye when apple reported that the tracking issue with their phones was a bug, you just felt the world again was attacking your precious baby. Android is a great system yes it has its quirks because its not locked by proprietary leadership and open to the world. I bet there is malware on the Windows app market as well, and i know i've seen a stories of malware on your preacious app market. However its funny that android is the fastest growing mobile OS out there and apple is left playing catch up. Go to your apple fourm and play with your buddies over there so we dont have to deal with your empty posting.
23. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4182; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
I have no idea how your iSheep brain works? This article has NOTHING to do with Apple YET you need to infect us with you stupid iSheep rhetoric! This is what you said word for word "Yes, please drop Android and get a Blackberry at least, way better than shitty ass Androids these dudes are brainwashed, anyways, yeah come at me and tell me that na its cuz Android is the leading OS blah blah blah, same bs as always hahaha, I honestly don't get why all you Fandroids are on here, isn't there some Android forum you can go to?". OK 1) Malware folk always attack the biggest OS if that is not good for you then your iSheep brain is failing you. Android is #1 you idiot! 2) YOU are the BRAINWASHED person here this is an Android article, your iSheep mind is making you post stuff about Apple for whatever reason. You are so BRAINWASHED that you need to do this, like a roach who needs to climb into a dumpster. It’s in your iSheep programming! 3) We Android fans are here because this is an Android article. You iSheep are so stupid that you need ask why we are here. Really? PhoneArena.com caters to all phones you demented fool! Just so you know no one mentioned Apple but you. Your iSheep mind couldn't just be civil, you needed to take it there as always! You just couldn’t resist? In a word pathetic!
25. Apple Fanboy (unregistered)
iSheep?? I like that idea, I might use it, then copyright it, then sue you for using it SuperAndroidEVO, and hey, you're the little 8i+ch that goes into every Apple article lol I bet you post more on Apple articles than Android articles, so I would STFU if I was you lol, but koo keep believing what you wanna believe lol, keep using the "biggest OS" which is now used by every other cheap ass device, it's so bad that even Cricket customers have it now, it's sad to see a good OS such as Android go to cheap ass devices and you idiots upgrading to every other Android coming out, just a month or two ago the Thunderbolt released and now there's speculations of a "mini" Thunderbolt? It's dumb that there's so many phones out there, so yeah, it is the biggest OS, but on what quality phones dude?? It's quality over quatity for me, and at least to me there are very few devices actually deserving of Android, among those the EVO and the Thunderbolt mostly, but idk, you guys probably have a different opinion lol.
31. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4182; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Look your like 15 & it shows bigtime. You sound like you may want an Android phone. If you get one good for you. I think Apple products are nice I like them. They are so simple that anyone can use them. That is why I got an iPhone 4 for my 60 year old mother. It's so easy even you can use it. I just don't get why you need to come & post BS just for the fun of it. Android can make the cheap phone if they want to. All the top of the line Android phones have been better than the iPhone 4 for over a year now, so nothing is new there. These cheap Android phones you speak of are better than the iPhone 4. They multi task & run Flash. So don't cry, dry your eye! Lol koo! :-)
21. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
They really should start scanning apps in the market. That will take care of the problem.
26. Apple Fanboy (unregistered)
Exactly, good point made, and that's exactly what Apple does, then people like Sniggly and SuperAndroidEVO over here talk shit cuz Apple does it, now they know :)
27. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
owlet is talking about scanning apps when they hit the market, apple checks apps before they touch the market
28. GALAXY-S (unregistered)
Dont you have anything better to do Isheep?? than to try and talk shit about android?
30. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
No, you're being disingenuous and you know that. Typical of an iFanboy. You try to lie and mislead in order to make your flawed point. This is also true of young earth creationists.
32. Apple Fanboy (unregistered)
LMAO youre funny man, I'm starting to like this guy^^^
33. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Good. Glad you do. Also happy that you, like anyone I make a point to, are able to completely ignore what I said above.
36. GALAXY-S (unregistered)
well you you better watch out cuz steve jobs will come after if you start liking some other dude!!
38. dandirk (unregistered)
Google had to see this coming!
While I don't see Google diligently going over EVERY single app... Maybe certain areas of the OS should be controlled/monitored.
Areas such as auto-start, or silent start (aka not started via icon).
42. lolwoot (Posts: 27; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)
Damn!!! I'll stick to my symbian for now.... until google iron out all the malware and put on better security for all the apps...
63. Whateverman (Posts: 3224; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Apple fanboy, I thought I told you to go to your room! Go, now!!!
66. Apple Fanboy (unregistered)
lmao you're funny, here man, please read this:
Speaking during the D9 conference in California on Thursday, Adobe’s CEO, Shantanu Narayen said that his company’s feud with Apple, which was a result of Cupertino’s decision to omit support for Flash in its products, has come to an end. “Yes, the argument is over from our point of view,” Narayen said. “We are so excited about opportunities we have. We’re focused on that.” He added that Adobe welcomes, and is contributing to, the new HTML5 standard. Apple’s argument, which has been backed by many developers, is that HTML5 is more efficient than Flash — particularly when it comes to battery consumption — for presenting and viewing streaming video and other multimedia content.
then take a look at your comments you make about Flash....AND SUCK ON IT....BITCH hahahaha
77. Whateverman (Posts: 3224; Member since: 17 May 2009)
WTF are you talking about? Or should I ask, who are you talking to? you've been defending Apple so much and for so long you are shell shocked! We weren't talking about flash, but since you brought it up... let me get this straight.
Apple put less features on you phone to prepare it for the future? Is that your argument? if you believe that then you are a bigger dumbass then I originally thought!
The reason good old Steve doesn't want you to have flash on his device is because he would loose money, you dumbass! If you have flash support, then you can make your own games, side load them and/or play them online without Apple seeing a dime. How can they charge you for a game you can play online for free? Also they wouldn't get their 20% from the developers of those games either. The omission of flash had nothing to do with keeping YOU safe, it was about squeezing every penny they can out of you!
68. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
ouchh that was a hard hit for the android community..