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As many as 5 million Android handsets infected with newly discovered trojan

0. phoneArena 28 Jan 2012, 15:34 posted on

Symantec has released information about a newly discovered threat known as “Android.Counterclank.” It is a variant of a previously discovered Trojan horse called “Android.Tonclank.”...

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posted on 28 Jan 2012, 15:49 3

1. dinzle (Posts: 21; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


I had that search icon on my home screen but deleted the app I just downloaded before hand and it disappeared... I am assuming I have it. now how do I get it off my device.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 15:52 1

3. dinzle (Posts: 21; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


the app was "Christmas HD Live Wallpaper" btw

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 19:42 12

29. systamatics (Posts: 63; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


obviously , symantec is creating these trojans to sell

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 22:42 5

38. G2Noobin (Posts: 81; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


Thanks to johnfranckiv...from Android Central Link at end of post:

But it looks like Symantec might have jumped the gun a bit.

Lookout, a competitor in the Android security field, says that the applications are not malware, and the apperhand package actually is a legitimate, but aggressive, advertisement component. It's part of an advertising software development kit that's a modified version of the "ChoopCheec" platform” or “Plankton” SDK that was the focus of some privacy concerns in June 2011. This newer version is cleaner, but it still has capabilities common to many ad networks. Writes Lookout:
• It is capable of identifying the user uniquely by their IMEI number, for instance. But unlike some networks, this SDK forward-hashes the IMEI before sending to its server. They’re identifying your device, but they are obfuscating the raw data. (That's a good thing.)
• The SDK has the capability to deliver “Push Notification” ads to the user. We’re not huge fans of push notifications, but we also don’t consider push notification advertising to be malware.
• The SDK drops a search icon onto the desktop. Again, we consider bad form, though we don’t consider this a smoking gun for malware provided the content that is delivered is safe. In this case, it is simply a link to a search engine.
• The SDK also has the capability to push bookmarks to the browser. In our opinion, this is crosses a line; although we do not believe this is cause to classify the SDK as malware.

http://www.androidcentral.com/android-malware-scare-may-have-been-premature

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 16:32 5

63. G2Noobin (Posts: 81; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


A la remixfa down below, credit goes to him:

Android is more secure than iOS. Thats why governments have been able to clear android for top secret clearance while iOS is still working out its security issues.

Hackers always target the largest audience. PCs get more viruses because more people use PC. OSX is no more secure than Windows7. But if your going to do malicious coding, are you going to target 90% of computers or 10%?

iOS has been the recipient of many hacks and malicious outbreaks. It's also been the quickest hacked in national hacking contests multiple times. Now that Android is the clear leader in sales and marketshare its going to get more attacks. It is the nature of the business. Also, android is technically harder to hack because there are so many variations of android out there from all the manufacturers modding it. Once you hack iOS, you've hacked all iphones at the same time.
Bottom line, dont buy apps from places you dont know (developer brand name counts too), and for god sakes, dont download those crappy booby apps. lol. No OS is safe and secure.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 03:16

67. E.N. (Posts: 2329; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Well its good news that it isn't as dangerous as we thought. It's like hovering over the malware line though, so I wouldn't get too excited. I wouldn't expect an app like Heart Live Wallpaper to push bookmarks to the browser, install a desktop app and deliver push notifications. Seems a bit more than aggressive.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 22:04

72. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yo, i was a reference point! i feel honored. :)

E.N.
with the freedom of choice that android gives, comes a little repsoncibility. For all the things that an app does, like HLW, before you download it android stops you and says "this app has access to the following" and then it bulletpoints EVERYTHING the app is capable of and everything the app can access on the phone.

Pulling up heart live wallpaper it says:
Network Communication: full internet access.

if you tap on that, it says "allows an application ot create network sockets"

take 2 seconds and ask yourself why an application needs to make links to the internet. If you cant think of.. or dont like the answer (unwanted desktop shortcuts), then dont download the thing.

The point is android provides you with all the information to make an informed decision. The beauty of freedom is its up to you to make that decision, not up to some CEO somewhere. If you cant be trusted to do extremely minor critical thinking, then please get the CEO controlled phone so you dont have to.

With freedom comes responsibility.

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 13:27

75. E.N. (Posts: 2329; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Okay, can we stop with this whole sing-song freedom and choice chant, its really starting to be cheesy and over the top.

I agree with reading the fine details, but not everyone does that though. Most people would read it, maybe take the two seconds to ask themselves what it means, and then download it anyway.

I don't expect some chick who wants a heart live wallpaper to delve into the details of the app. They're just going to download.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 06:38 2

50. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


how can be an app normally installed or uninstalled with warning what can it does called trojan? ;-)
just lies from Symantec to persuade to buy their product :)

virus or trojans can be installed just on Windows or iOS without warning...

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 15:51 15

2. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Come on Google, you don't need to be as closed as apple but at least thoroughly screen the updatedapps before allowing them to be posted/updated. This is the last thing I wanna worry about on my PHONE.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:43 4

16. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Who thumbed you down? I agree with you

I've said a semi lock will keep the market clean and open at the same time they can even partner with an Antivirus company to clean the market using a not and index the good apps

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 19:10 4

26. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


Why dont you but an iphone then... stop complaining. Android could never compare to the security ios has... Android is still fresh but you'll see how those pc viruses will infect your android device a year from now. Android is as vulnerable as a damn pc. Why would we buy a phone that needs an antivirus software, are you ok? wow.. i'll rather have an old phone from the year 2000 knowing i dnt have to worry abt viruses. You android fanatics let google play you all along when you know that you had a choice between phones and their operating systems.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 19:49 12

30. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


your comment has zero merrit

Android is more secure than iOS. Thats why governments have been able to clear android for top secret clearance while iOS is still working out its security issues.

Hackers always target the largest audience. PCs get more viruses because more people use PC. OSX is no more secure than Windows7. But if your going to do malicious coding, are you going to target 90% of computers or 10%?

iOS has been the recipient of many hacks and malicious outbreaks. It's also been the quickest hacked in national hacking contests multiple times. Now that Android is the clear leader in sales and marketshare its going to get more attacks. It is the nature of the business. Also, android is technically harder to hack because there are so many variations of android out there from all the manufacturers modding it. Once you hack iOS, you've hacked all iphones at the same time.
Bottom line, dont buy apps from places you dont know (developer brand name counts too), and for god sakes, dont download those crappy booby apps. lol. No OS is safe and secure.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 20:34 7

33. E.N. (Posts: 2329; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I'm pretty sure Android being open source and not requiring a 3rd party like iTunes made a significant difference for government use.

There were many little holes in iOS like accessing your favorites even when phone is locked or holes in the pdf viewer, but this is a very large scale problem. And usually, as the malware comes, Apple patches them. We have yet to see what Google will do about this, if anything. Android may be more difficult to hack because of all the variation, but that also makes it difficult to fix problems on all their devices, while iOS with less variation can have a single solution fix all their devices.

There are probably more known holes in iOS, but it seems like malware has huge potential in Android. Maybe you're right about those booby applications but what about "Heart Live Wallpaper" and "Balloon Game". Sounds innocent enough to me, lol. And Android is all about options and making your phone "You," so if you want boobies on your phone, you should be able to get them w/o second thoughts.

***after reading your comment again, it seems like you're turning the malware issue into a positive thing, like "you should be happy/expect Android is getting malware because it shows Android is becoming more popular"

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 09:35 3

52. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the government reports cited security, not itunes. between holes in security and apple trying to retain control of the device and certain functions, they can not pass. they arent going to let a spy have a phone that reports your every position to apple. lol.

There is no real "malware potential" on android. The malware comes from apps. Dont get apps from sources you dont know of and from app makers you are not familiar with. boom, problem solved.
And now from the update that G2N just posted from androidcentral, it seems this stupid antivirus company is just trying to expand what it calls "malware" to scare people into buying antivirus for their phones.

And no, im not happy about malware. It is a sign of the OS's market position, yes. coders go after the most popular systems to get the most bang for their code. Its not happy or sad, its just a statement of fact.

Never.. EVER..EEEVVEEEER buy an antivirus program for your phone. its just a resource hog and does zero... zip.. zilch.. nothing.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 22:30 5

36. G2Noobin (Posts: 81; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


Amen.....someone who knows what the game is all about.....

REMIXFA speaks the truth.....keep you mouths shut apple fanboys...the ios sucks the platforms sucks...the ease of use sucks....apple just plain sucks. im sorry for using the word sucks so many times.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 11:20 1

55. deathyyy (Posts: 101; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


HERP DERP

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 01:08 7

45. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


YOUR comment has zero merrit !!

OSX is 20 x MORE SECURE THAN ANY WINDOWS BOY...

IOS is 10 x MORE SECURE THAN ANY ANDROID VERSION out there...

Maybe i was a little too offending for you ANDROIDFANS in my comment above but come on, why can't you face the truth about Apple.

And your reply to my comment above is no better than mine... so shut it!!!

OOh, and second i doubt and bet $1,000,000 there are no viruses on the apple app store like in the android app store that you can download. The only way i would see an iphone having a virus is a jailbroken one that downloaded some app from Cydia or other third party market holding those apps that Apple denies. Apple checks every single app before they put it on the market, Android doesnt. I bet you new this one too i suppose... Smart ass!!

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 10:15 4

53. theindianguy (Posts: 90; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


i guess someone didn't read what remixfa wrote about android's security.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 23:27 2

40. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Cool your jets chief. I'm no android fanatic and nothing i said even promotes the idea of that. if anything I gave props to apple for their screening policy. And I used to have an iPhone I don't need to buy another. Then I went windows and now android. If anything I am a phone fanatic. So... stop being an iPhone fanatic and post relevent things on relevant articles.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 11:11

54. rashod (Posts: 13; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)


then plz dont buy a pc to your self dude
android is opensource.then any one can see the software stack.
my idea is a virus are not anly due to fail of the os developers.
is there is a oparating system there is many securuty hales ,
its the nature.becouse os created by humens and all so the viruses.
just a idea.
sorry for the bad English

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 13:41

61. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


wut??

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 06:54

68. danwatson (Posts: 102; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)


At minimum, they could have a safe app search which only searches apps that Google has officially reviewed and deemed safe for install. There are apps on the android market that could house copyright info or break carrier and other restrictions and I think Google knows that if they review these apps like apple does, there will be more pressure for them to remove them. But at least have a safe search for reviewed, clean apps.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 15:53

4. ChafedBanana (Posts: 359; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Do a factory data reset.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 06:40

51. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


lies....on Android is enough to uninstall an app.....it is not a virus or trojan, it is an common app approved by user when installing ;-)
in this way you have to repair just on Windows or iOS.....there is no enough to uninstall ;-)

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:04 9

5. Whateverman (Posts: 3224; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Just got that myself about two weeks ago with a picture frame app. It hijacked my browser and everything. Deleted it and now everything is back to normal. Like I've said before I never want Android to be like iOS, but here is where Google should really take a que from Apple. Even though Apple has its own security flaws, their closed systems gives a much better impression that user info is safe.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:26 3

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


+1234567890 even if I hate Norton and I think they suck Google needs to improve market security.

On the other hand this thread will get full of trolls just like last year. They will come from their holes like roaches.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 01:19

46. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 803; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Yeah, Just uninstall those apps, problem solved. Only thing is for people who doesn't tinker their phones esp. those that are clueless will suffer from this though, still it will depend if that user stores a ton of important data in his/her phones.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:09 1

6. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


I almost installed Deal or Be Millionaire awhile ago... good thing I didn't.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:16

8. BioTek (Posts: 53; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


I was also planning on downloading that same app. I'm certainly glad that I didn't.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:13

7. Sammy4ever (Posts: 4; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


GUYS HOW DO I KNOW IF IT'S STILL IN MY PHONE OR NOT? CZ I SAW THIS ICON ON MY HOME SCREEN ONCE AND REMOVED IT, AND HOW CAN I REMOVE THIS MALWARE? PLEASE I HATE THAT!!! AND NO THE CAPS LOCK IS NOT BROKEN, I'M JUST SO ANGRY! :P

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:20

10. dinzle (Posts: 21; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


Just instal norton (its free) and do a scan if it is there it should tell you

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:23

12. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


That works too but I hate Norton tho (personal experience (

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 19:51 6

31. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


dont install norton. it just boggs down your phone and offers ZERO protection. there is no such thing as an "antivirus" on your phone. its junk. its just name branded malware.

Just uninstall the app and all will be fine.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:22

11. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Unsinstall the app

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 01:21

47. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 803; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


There are a ton of antivirus app in the market that do the scanning, ex. NetQin, LookOut, Norton etc. those should help identify the culprit somehow. . .

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:17

9. BioTek (Posts: 53; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


Now is the time for me to take a break from downloading apps off the market.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:31 1

14. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I just use pages like Android police for app reference and the top apps

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:35

15. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Wow, if you have this installed in your phone, then maybe you should get a phone that you can handle....

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:45 1

18. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Sexy apps are obvious but I see at least 4 apps people can easily fall for

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:50

20. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


just seems weird - I download from websites all the time - you just have to know where you can go...

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 19:52 2

32. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


easy way to stay away. if you see a name brand like "Counterstrike" and its not being made by Valve, do not download it.

information is power :)

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 01:22

48. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 803; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Amen.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:45 1

17. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Same here....

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:47 1

19. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I would like to see if they actually said a good estimate 1-5m is a big margin

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:54 1

21. palmguy (Posts: 280; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


I want some other company besides Norton (company selling the cure) to say this.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 16:54 4

22. johnfranckiv (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


http://www.androidcentral.com/android-malware-scare-may-have-been-premature

phone arena.. stop spreading the FUD

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 17:17 1

23. joey18 (Posts: 521; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


Google makes this shiet to get more money thas why virus spread all over phones this only money google wans i keep my iphone f**k google my old android phone reboots alot it freece liked pole north

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 00:32

43. Tarkio (Posts: 30; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)


Don't forget thas, alot, and like pole north.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 11:30

70. ZayZay (Posts: 560; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


HAHA!! Pole North.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 18:29

25. smartx84 (Posts: 12; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


yup yup i got one even two, believe it or not, on my homescreen.... i think it is either a trojan or i read somewhere that it is some kind of "app for adds" things that a company published...

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 19:11 1

27. broking (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


A heads up, just because you have that icon on your home screens does not mean that you have the "malware". That icon has been a default icon on plenty of phones. Also don't always trust what Norton says when it comes to virus, especially when the "solution" is to download their product. It would be like BP saying unleaded gas hurts Toyotas, so you can only buy Premium gas for them.

Now this could be a legitimate malware case, but as a cellphone technician I have seen more harm caused to phones due to anti-viruses, task killers, and battery saver than with viruses and the such.

Your best protection against malware, spyware, and viruses is being careful and not downloading sketchy (yes, I did just say sketchy) apps like nude clothed ladies.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 19:20 1

28. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


*looks at the app list and chuckles*

Okay.

*keeps playing with my malware free phone*

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 20:55 3

34. andrwroepke (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Should of have bought and iPhone
haha

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 22:35

37. G2Noobin (Posts: 81; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


lmao...Not.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 00:34 2

44. Tarkio (Posts: 30; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)


Should of have learned English..... You deserve to be using "and" iphone.

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 22:06 3

35. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


as usual people and PA don't do their research before writing an article...

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 23:02 2

39. nacho69 (Posts: 21; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Is there a lot of security problems like this one on the android platform? I was thinking of getting an android phone or tablet soon, but now I'm thinking about it. Also, is there a faster way of deleting an app?

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 23:37 1

41. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 625; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


I can't believe the two pages of comments...seriously? If you ended up with this malware then it's pretty much your fault. Just reading the list of names and I have almost no sympathy. At least one thing is good, it's much easier to rid your Android phone of malware than it is on a PC. Norton can keep their brand of garbage virus scanning to themselves, I swear it's like these guys make these viruses and malware up since when their scanners find something you have to actually be paying to actually get it removed. I have had better success with free viruses and malware removal software than I ever had with Norton. Norton tends to get many things a bit wrong when it scans too, but it's to be expected though. Back to using my malware free Android phone.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 00:27 1

42. Tarkio (Posts: 30; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)


How would Symantec know this? Did Anonymous tell them?

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