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Images used by at least 60 games from the Google Play Store are spreading viruses on Android phones

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Images used by at least 60 games from the Google Play Store are spreading viruses on Android phones
According to a security firm in Moscow named Dr. Web, several apps found in the Google Play Store are infected. To sneak past the "security guards," the trojan is not found inside the game but is inside pictures employed by the game. Dr. Web found 60 infected games made by 30 companies. None of the titles are popular, original games. In fact, most of them would be considered knockoffs of popular titles.

At the heart of the virus is the Android.Xiny.19.origin Trojan, which can install unwanted programs on your handset. This mostly comes in the form of adware, but it could be worse. In addition, your phone's unique IMEI number is sent to a remote server, which allows the bad guys to identify your specific device and tamper with it more.

Most of the infected games are still listed in the Google Play Store. While it isn't known whether the software publishers are in on it, names listed on malicious games include BILLAPS, Conexagon Studio and Fun Color Games. Besides staying away from apps listed by these publishers, it would also be wise to stick to the original version of games that you want to install from the Play Store. In other words, stay away from knockoffs.

Now that we can see that some viruses are being hidden inside images used by games in order to avoid detection, you can expect Google to dispatch software updates that tighten the access that hackers have to these images.

At least 60 infected apps have been discovered inside the Google Play Store

At least 60 infected apps have been discovered inside the Google Play Store


Thanks for the tip!

source: Tom'sGuide

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posted on 02 Feb 2016, 15:33 1

1. marorun (Posts: 3605; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


You can also install AVG thats will simply detect and block all those right when you install an app.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 15:54

6. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2501; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Or avast antivirus. Best free anti virus there is.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 15:34 10

2. Busyboy (Posts: 556; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)


I thought fandroids said Android was safer than iOS?

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 15:35 4

3. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 13096; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Lol got em.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 15:56 25

7. SirYar (Posts: 351; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


No platform is safe, but if you use your brain you will be just fine...

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 18:19 8

16. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I don't know which one is safer but as you can see by this article, both platforms have vulnerabilities. This one says 500 apps on ios.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/hnewman/2015/10/06/apple-ios-virus-may-have-affected-almost-500-apps-2-million-apple-users/#59ac82b97e61

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 19:16 5

18. lyndon420 (Posts: 4403; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


No true 'fandroid' has ever said that. Try harder.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 04:08 2

21. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


The difference is that Android users are smart enough to check while Apple idiots will just keep on being infected...

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 15:35 4

4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 13096; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Oh but I thought Android was more secure lol?

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 16:18 19

8. TBomb (Posts: 738; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Letting a serial killer into your house is different than a serial killer breaking into your house. You can't just get the virus without opening the door and letting it in.

So in a sense, this doesn't touch on security at all because it doesn't have to do with security or lack there of... it has to do with the user's brain or lack there of.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 16:49 2

10. handsomparis (Posts: 32; Member since: 11 Jun 2015)


Valid point

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 16:19 3

9. TezzaBP (Posts: 274; Member since: 18 May 2015)


Do you really have to make this into an issue with these "fandroids"? IMO, all of you are just as bad as each-other, get a grip on your lives and stop having wars

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 16:55 6

11. Cyberchum (Posts: 675; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Being using Android for 4 years now, yet to get a single virus or malware attack. So, yeah! it's secure.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 17:52

13. j2001m (Posts: 2943; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


All I am going to say to that is Samsung phones are secure to the level that the USA and uk government use them and Apple phones are not

This is is not about android or ios, it's all about the app shops, and any app shops can be hacked

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 18:48

17. elitewolverine (Posts: 5184; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Doesn't say much when naval ships are running XP. Send any of them to a hackathon event and watch the phones fall like butter.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 20:36 3

19. ibend (Posts: 4644; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


thats not your regular XP, those XP is rigged by high encryption system and other stuff from DoD

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 08:25

24. elitewolverine (Posts: 5184; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Oh I Know they are, there was also flaws found in them big time, will have to dig up the report, where they were not on encrypted systems or some crazy stupid flaw that made them suspect to hacking. Mainly poking fun at the Gov/xp here. Not android. Though I love to poke at android and iOS.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 04:09

22. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Another unoriginal, moronic Apple user commenting the exact same thing another Apple sheep just did. Apple users are never even aware of being infected as they're too stupid to check.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 15:37 5

5. Zylam (Posts: 762; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


At least it's in the play store and not another Android OS security hole. Most Android phones are running older versions and never see an update. Trogens in apps is fine, just don't install them and you're good.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 17:54 1

14. j2001m (Posts: 2943; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Samsung s4 and up will block the security holes anyways using knox

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 17:49 3

12. Baracus (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


Been using Android a long time and occasionally do a virus check and never found a virus yet.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 18:03 1

15. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3017; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Very smart tactic in hiding malware...

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 00:17

20. bobby2803 (Posts: 32; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


For security blackberry>windows>ios>android.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 04:10

23. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


BB uses Android nowadays... And I would say Android is far more secure than iOS and windows. If you're a Walmart employee you shouldn't be commenting on security, go back to packing bags.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 08:26

25. elitewolverine (Posts: 5184; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


You would say...but what reports do you have that Android is more secure than WP?

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 18:28

26. steelew (Posts: 201; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


Thanks for the story but where is the list. You can't just say there are 60 plus apps that are infected and then NOT provide a list. Even the source has no list. This story NEEDS a follow up.

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