Hacker infects Android devices connected to PCs
Malware installs phony Google App Store on your device
Symantec has made an interesting discovery, This particular malware, when installed on an Android device, looks for Korean on-line banking apps, deletes them, and installs an infected version of the app. But there are solutions to avoid getting infected. Symantec suggests that Android users turn off USB debugging when not in use. Symantec also suggests that Android users be very cautious when syncing to an unknown PC, and install security software like Norton Mobile Security.
We have a screen shot from an infected Android handset for you to take a gander at, and most of you right away will note how the malicious app is listed as Google APP Store. If something doesn't look kosher on your app tray, odds are that you should tread lightly.
source: Symantec, PCWorld via BGR
1. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Darwin, Linux, Windows - they all can get viruses - people will always attempt to create malicious software, just for the sake of creating it - to get notoriety, to bring awareness to some issue, etc.
13. Finalflash (Posts: 1737; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Yes, what Mr. Schiller needs to notice is no one wants to make a virus for an archaic/mediocre barely 10% market share OS. Who would want to burden grandmas and little children by making viruses for iOS anyway, that would just be mean. Plus, isn't iOS like a virus already, can't be removed, lags older hardware, can't let you do 90% of "smart" phone functions, changes things to designs you don't like and won't let you revert, etc.
27. darkkjedii (Posts: 11258; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
And powers the best selling line of phones ever, and the highest customer satisfaction rating. Don't leave that out.
2. nothingmuch (Posts: 169; Member since: 03 May 2013)
Hmmmm... malware is on the rise... well if an Apple SVP of MARKETING tweets it, it must be important! Thank goodness he is looking out for us android users! Thank you Mr. Schiller
3. Lyngdoh (Posts: 224; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
And the joke is "Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing"
4. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
Yup, only it matters most to the enterprise market, that's the type of consumer Phil is on the lookout for.
5. alterecho (Posts: 1082; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
Malware targets Android users.
Android users target Apple's Phil Schiller.
6. PBXtech (Posts: 977; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
Thank goodness I don't have any Korean online banking apps!
7. N3Z1droid (Posts: 87; Member since: 02 Jan 2014)
Ohh... Somehow i suspicious apple made the malware
8. wilsong17 (Posts: 900; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
So apple tweet
maybe apple paying people to mess with android since they already losing the phone war
9. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 185; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
It warms my heart to see Apple is so concerned about Android.
11. nlbates66 (Posts: 295; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)
i'm not one to defend android but newsflash: Android devices have USB debugging disabled by default.
12. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 782; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
Not to mention installing outside the playstore is default off
14. teja171 (unregistered)
"Our products are the best ", indirectly told by Symantec.
15. tenzin (Posts: 85; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)
personaly think phil did it for his competitor
16. Desmund (Posts: 74; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)
I guess when 90% of the world uses Android while 10% use everything else I think I could see why Malware would mostly be on Android I mean why target 10 people compared to 100,000,000?
17. blade19 (Posts: 59; Member since: 29 Apr 2011)
Although I won't dispute the fact that malware exists for all platforms out there and we have to be careful what we do on our devices. This is just another marketing scheme by a failing virus company like Symantec... "Symantec also suggests that Android users be very cautious when syncing to an unknown PC, and install security software like Norton Mobile Security". They want to scare unknowing people by buying their products like Norton Mobile Security.
Apple, and including M$, will do anything to discredited Android... Oh well...
18. wilsong17 (Posts: 900; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
what a hoax article only people with knowledge of rooting and custom rom put usb debug on wow
19. SiiLo (unregistered)
Everytime I read one of these articles and it showcases a screenshot of the infected target why does it always look like an older version of android and nothing recent. That looks like gingerbread.
oh yeah I also changed the default picture of my Play store app so it looks nothing like the original, if it changes back then I'll know now that something is up.
25. andynaija (Posts: 460; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)
The screenshot is Gingerbread. It's because Gingerbread is still a widely used version of Android (like Win XP), and the newer versions haven't been adopted widely yet.
P.s. My phone still uses Gingerbread 2.3.7
20. djkhalid (Posts: 17; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)
Uh oh looks like an Apple executive has been secretly using Android