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Hacker infects Android devices connected to PCs

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Hacker infects Android devices connected to PCs
Malware installs phony Google App Store on your device

Malware installs phony Google App Store on your device

Earlier this week, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, tweeted out a report showing that 99% of malware is targeted at Android devices. One sneaky way to inject this poison into the veins of your Android device was disclosed by Symantec. When you sync your Android flavored device to a Windows PC, this malware, named Trojan.Droidpak, creates a phony version of the Google Play Store while the device is in USB debugging mode. This is a mode normally used by developers, but is sometimes used when rooting an Android 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.

"The malicious APK actually looks for certain Korean online banking applications on the compromised device and, if found, prompts users to delete them and install malicious versions. It also intercepts SMS messages received by the user and sends them a remote server."-Flora Liu, Symantec researcher

source: Symantec, PCWorld via BGR

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posted on 24 Jan 2014, 21:12 6

1. networkdood (Posts: 6250; 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.

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 04:14 7

13. Finalflash (Posts: 1441; 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.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 11:05

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 10105; 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.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 22:04 8

2. nothingmuch (Posts: 155; 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

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 22:08 8

3. Lyngdoh (Posts: 221; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


And the joke is "Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing"

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 22:22 1

4. androiphone20 (Posts: 1393; 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.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 22:39 4

5. alterecho (Posts: 1054; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Malware targets Android users.
Android users target Apple's Phil Schiller.
/facepalm

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 22:40 4

6. PBXtech (Posts: 966; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Thank goodness I don't have any Korean online banking apps!

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 23:01 7

7. N3Z1droid (Posts: 77; Member since: 02 Jan 2014)


Ohh... Somehow i suspicious apple made the malware

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 23:43 8

8. wilsong17 (Posts: 730; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


So apple tweet

maybe apple paying people to mess with android since they already losing the phone war

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 00:01 5

9. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 181; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


It warms my heart to see Apple is so concerned about Android.

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 02:53 3

10. AfterShock (Posts: 2111; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Exclude windows, what problem.

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 03:11 5

11. nlbates66 (Posts: 278; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


i'm not one to defend android but newsflash: Android devices have USB debugging disabled by default.

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 03:21 4

12. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 480; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Not to mention installing outside the playstore is default off

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 05:53 2

14. teja171 (unregistered)


"Our products are the best ", indirectly told by Symantec.

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 06:11 1

15. tenzin (Posts: 83; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)


personaly think phil did it for his competitor

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 11:16 3

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?

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 11:24 4

17. blade19 (Posts: 58; 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...

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 12:26

18. wilsong17 (Posts: 730; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


what a hoax article only people with knowledge of rooting and custom rom put usb debug on wow

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 14:04 1

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.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 03:22

25. andynaija (Posts: 424; 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

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 15:02 1

20. djkhalid (Posts: 16; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


Uh oh looks like an Apple executive has been secretly using Android

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 17:10

21. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6135; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Damn u hackers

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 23:31 1

22. Nexus_bear (Posts: 32; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


Is that éclair?

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 02:11

23. blingblingthing (Posts: 419; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Was thinking something similar.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 03:18

24. andynaija (Posts: 424; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


It's Gingerbread

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