Mobile security firm Lookout recently discovered a number of malicious Android apps known as RuFraud. These apps are designed to send SMS messages to premium numbers essentially running up the cellular phone bill for unlucky Android owners who have had the malware loaded on their phone. The RuFraud malware has been targeted to Android owners in Europe, Asia and other markets outside of North America.
risen 472% since July. According to researchers, Google's more relaxed screening process for apps has enabled malware loaded apps to reach the Android Market before they get blocked. Last quarter, as we reported, Android replaced Symbian as the mobile OS most targeted for these attacks.
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source: @BenRudolph via electronista