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New piece of Android spyware can record your phone calls

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New piece of Android spyware can record your phone calls
If you are still not convinced that mobile malware should be taken a bit more seriously, here is something that might make you have second thoughts about how secure your smartphone really is. The security experts over at CA Technologies have come across a new piece of Android spyware that can not only record phone conversations without the users knowledge, but can also silently upload them straight to a remote server.

Reportedly, the malware worked as intended when it was tested in a controlled environment – a pair of Android emulators were hooked up together over a simulated network. When a call was placed between them, the entire conversation was recorded in the form of an AMR file stored on the virtual device's microSD card. Further changes that the virus makes to the device's configuration make it possible for the stored files to be uploaded over to a remote server, which the alleged attacker is supposed to have access to.

It has been pointed out that this new piece of mobile malware is considerably more advanced than the rest of Android viruses that have been observed so far. Until now, the most that any malicious app could do in terms of spying on you was to log the time and duration of your phone calls in a simple text file, yet no malware capable of recording actual phone conversations had been reported prior to this case.

That being said, one should always be careful when downloading apps from dubious sources as there is no way to know how safe the software is exactly. It may sound disturbing, but chances are that we will be hearing more and more about malware threats targeted at smartphones from now on.

source: CA Technologies via Electronista

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posted on 02 Aug 2011, 06:12 3

2. wazoo (unregistered)


so, what happens to all my phonesex convos? r they going to the internet for public enjoyments? hope mom doesnt hear this.

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 06:23

3. xenover (Posts: 171; Member since: 27 May 2011)


how will i get this virus by not downloading anything ?
OTA updates ? lol

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 06:36 4

4. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


And you can find this malware where exactly? Yeah. And how many people have actually gotten it? Thought so.

Just remember that at pwn 2 own iOS got cracked in a matter of hours while Android never was.

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 07:02 5

5. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Let me get the Febreeze because I smell a lot of bs in this post.

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 10:57 3

19. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


hahaha

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 07:05 4

6. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


You'd thnk with a company like Google, crap like this would be relatively low. But noo, because Android is soo open and because Google's IT team and software guys are idiots if they can't even improve Android after all of these releases of yearly updates. Honestly, at least Apple patches this crap up well before it gets out of control. But no, Google sits on their rear ends and waits until the problems get worse before they finally do something just like they did when all of those malware apps got released on the market.

Go on ahead and thumb this down because then it'll just prove that I'm right and that Android fans are just going to backpedal with this.

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 07:33 6

8. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


...never mind. It's not even worth the minimal effort required to prove you wrong.

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 07:36 4

9. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


A cop out to keep from saying that I am right.

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 08:08 4

10. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


No. You're completely wrong, but you're only trolling anyway. So even if I provide incontrovertible evidence that you're wrong (something I'm perfectly capable of doing) you'll still claim (without evidence or logic) that I'm wrong. Therefore there's no reason to find the necessary links and provide the explanations that prove you wrong. I'm not a fan of exercises in futility.

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 08:24 4

12. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Throw out all the big words, trying to make yourself look smarter than you appear. But unless you can back up your bs claims that I'm wrong, which I am not, then you have absolutely nothing to claim on me. It's just like i predictable that Android fans would backpedal out of admitting that Android has severe security flaws.

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 08:26 4

13. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It's an issue, but one which will be patched in short order. As I recall iOS just had to patch a major security hole too.

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 08:54 2

16. protozeloz (Posts: 5367; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


this is not a bug the gwdammed app ask for permission to monitor calls when you install it..... you are literary telling the app to track your calls and record them :/

http://cdn.macnn.com/news/1108/trojan.jpg

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 17:44

20. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh, and lol at "all the big words." Incontrovertible and futility are both words I regularly use when discussing such things as evidence and trying to prove (bad) trolls wrong. I'm sorry you don't have the cranial capacity to comprehend that someone else may simply have a greater vocabulary than you do.

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 09:10 5

18. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3736; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


The_Miz this is just now Android's turn. Every week or so we read Apple has a security hole, then Android. Then there is something else wrong with Android, then iOS. If you don't get my drift then just read this *** NO OS IS SECURE! ***. In a couple of weeks we will read something on Apple & the same BS arguments will continue. Please understand that once Windows Phone 7 takes off they TOO will have their security holes attacked. It's just the way the mind of the evil hacker/malware producer works. They want the next challenge & do for the sake of doing it. They don’t care what happens to you, they just want the thrill of being able to manipulate an OS, especially from the 2 most popular OS’s in the world. It’s the same thing every time one of these articles gets posted whether is from Apple’s behalf or Android’s.

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 08:37

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5367; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I laugh when people put the "thumbs me down all you want" this mean you are annoyed by it so much. yet again you have no actual clue if Google is working on this issues or not because its not of your interest sorry try again

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 07:05

7. Titis tour louput (unregistered)


so what we should we do to protect our phond?

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 08:12

11. trin (Posts: 88; Member since: 11 May 2010)


So... what apps or phones have been affected by this world ending malware? Or is their just potential for this to be harmful? Or is this an just an article to get the trolls engaged feces-speak at your usual command?

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 08:57

17. protozeloz (Posts: 5367; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


this is not a but its an app its not on the market but rolling on the internet..... you need to find it, install it and allow it to record your data.....
http://cdn.macnn.com/news/1108/trojan.jpg

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 08:33 2

14. Moo (unregistered)


Apple the infallible company

Sniggy don't you know this?

There has never been a company more perfect

Yea sure

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