Android pulls two dozen virus-infected apps from the Market, over 30,000 users affected

Android pulls two dozen virus-infected apps from the Market, over 30,000 users affected
Is Android becoming a virus haven? More and more malware-infected applications appear on the Market raising this question once again after Google removed 58 apps containing viruses in March. Just over the last weekend the company pulled an additional two dozen of them in an attempt to clear its application storefront. Mobile security company Lookout estimates the number of affected users between 30,000 and 120,000.

"This weekend, multiple applications available in the official Android Market were found to contain malware that can compromise a significant amount of personal data. Likely created by the same developers who brought DroidDream to market back in March, more than 25 applications were found to be infected with a stripped down version of DroidDream we're calling 'Droid Dream Light' (DDLight)," the company commented.

A developer tipped Lookout to put them in the know about modified versions of his applications being distributed on the Android Market.

The list of virus-infected applications as presented by Lookout follows below:   
Developer: Magic Photo Studio

  1. Sexy Girls: Hot Japanese
  2. Sexy Legs
  3. HOT Girls 4
  4. Beauty Breasts
  5. Sex Sound
  6. Sex Sound: Japanese
  7. HOT Girls 1
  8. HOT Girls 2
  9. HOT Girls 3

Developer: Mango Studio

  1. Floating Image Free
  2. System Monitor
  3. Super StopWatch and Timer
  4. System Info Manager
Developer: BeeGoo

  1. Quick Photo Grid
  2. Delete Contacts
  3. Quick Uninstaller
  4. Contact Master
  5. Brightness Settings
  6. Volume Manager
  7. Super Photo Enhance
  8. Super Color Flashlight
  9. Paint Master

Developer: DroidPlus

  1. Quick Cleaner
  2. Super App Manager
  3. Quick SMS Backup
Developer: E.T. Team
  1. Call End Vibrate

Developer: GluMobi

  1. Tetris
  2. Bubble Buster Free
  3. Quick History Eraser
  4. Super Compass and Leveler
  5. Go FallDown !
  6. Solitaire Free
  7. Scientific Calculator
  8. TenDrip
The security company says that the listed application don’t require a manual launch for the virus to become active as it’s invoked on every phone action like a regular voice call. "The broadcast receiver immediately launches the .lightdd.CoreService which contacts remote servers and supplies the IMEI, IMSI, Model, SDK Version and information about installed packages,” the company detailed the security risks. "It appears that the DDLight is also capable of downloading and prompting installation of new packages, though unlike its predecessors it is not capable of doing so without user intervention."

It’s hard to protect yourself from malware on a mobile platform partly because virus-protection is not as wide-spread as on a regular PC, but there are a couple of steps which could help. Downloading apps from trusted sources, checking permissions required by the app, monitoring your phone for abnormal behavior and finally getting an app that would check your downloads for security are some of them.

source: Lookout, McAfee



1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

This is to be expected. Malware folks will target the biggest & most popular OS. Just like Windows for years, it's now Android's turn. Just be careful & watch what you download. This has been in the news for quite a while. They say mobile internet traffic is expected to quadruple by 2015 so it looks to get worse. Some people have nothing better to do than to hurt & ruin peoples lives. Just use the same practices that you should be using on your PC or Mac, on your Android smart phone & these problems should not be as severe. It looks like mobile anti-virus apps are going to be the real money makes in the very near future, if not now!

2. mdw unregistered

Why is it that when I use Lookout Mobile Security to scan my apps, it says "No malware or spyware apps found" Yet I have 13 of these 34 apps on my phone? Yes it is the same name. Yes it is the same developer. Yes all 13 of them, when I search for them on the android market are no longer available for me download. Does this Lookout Mobile Security by Lookout, Inc really scan my apps? Or just give me a false sense of security?

12. followasmile unregistered

Lookout mobile security is a waste unless you want to use it for its phone locator and backup purposes. Some of the apps you can just TELL would be malicious because, seriously, if you're downloading anything that is about hot babes, you deserve to get a virus- cause those generally are the malicious ones. If youre downloading things that your phone already comes with, like volume control and contact deleter, wow. The best way to protect yourself is to read the reviews and check the star ratings and the permissions the app needs access to. You don't NEED a virus protection, it just makes your phone slower and they dont do anything. You just need to be an itelligent user.

37. SomeGuy unregistered


3. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Well since my nexus 1 is my work phone I just found a great reason to tell my boss i need a new phone, and switch to a more secure os. There have been just too many virus threats and they just keep getting bigger and more serious. I think I'll recommend he talk to the hospitals administration about banning Android. There is too much of a risk of patient information getting out. I know this wasn't the case this time but the potential to get worse is high. Android definitely should be the os of business. Not until Google can fix this.

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Okay, let me get this straight. Just because some asshole laced third tier apps that most people wouldn't download anyway with a virus, you're going to drop Android altogether? That's like telling everyone to switch away from Windows because if someone is stupid they can get a virus on a Windows computer. But if you're going to switch, maybe try Windows Phone 7 or Blackberry. But remember, no platform is completely secure.

7. The one unregistered

Thats a pretty ignorrant comment, for one "malware" isnt something thats obvious nor is a virus in most cases. Someone in middle school could have told you that. Some of that garbage sounds crazy, but some of the others look like legit apps. Instead of sounding and looking like another no brain idiot one that thinks his simple mind somehow is the end all be all try to do a little research. Thats where the stupidity is with you, Ignorrance clearly is bliss....

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Excuse me? Most of the apps in that list look like coughed up garbage. The rest only have niche appeal. I KNOW that malware isn't immediately obvious, I never said it was. The rest of your comment is pure speculation and ad hominem. You fail entirely.

19. lollipop

Posts: 43; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

Most Android apps look like coughed up garbage.....

35. SomeGuy unregistered

Sniggly, you are so blind it's ridiculous. Most people aren't techy. They see certain apps they think they'll like and download them. They don't think beyond that. I work with Verizon customers all day, and I have seen these applications on a few peoples phones. It is a concern, and people aren't protecting themselves. This is real, and is not some scheme by Apple to make Android look bad.

56. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Sniggly is a fandroid troll. He's made it his life mission to convince everyone that android is better than iOS so he can't help himself. Notice how he mentioned blackberry and windows as alternatives, but not iOS. With android being "open" it's harder to keep it secure. Fact of life. There's benefits to being open, but also downsides and each has to make a decision. For business android isn't a good solution. At least not yet.

70. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Taco, while I may sometimes be a troll, I'm still better informed, and I'm not a worshipping goon like you are.

79. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Better informed in what way? You're constantly wrong and contradict yourself on the same response. I don't worship Apple I just respond to android trolls to show you how silly you are.

81. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

"You're constantly wrong and contradict yourself in the same response." Project much? What have I specifically been wrong about that I haven't owned up to? Btw, nice job completely ignoring my responses to you and ardent in the thread about iOS 5 and icloud. But it's typical for you: you spout bullshit, I do research and prove you wrong, and you either leave or wait for someone else to argue with me before cheering them on. You're a brainless goon, a lackey who never knows what he's talking about. I doubt you've ever even touched an Android phone from the way you talk.

85. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Youre wrong right now in this thread because you won't admit that being open makes android more susceptible to viruses. I say what I have to say in a thread. I don't constantly check back to see if you replied douche. I've used the incredible and thunderbolt. Still prefer an iPhone.

86. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I never said that the OS isn't more susceptible. In fact I've made it clear in this thread that I'd like to see more anti virus filtering in the market. However, just like with a PC, your actual susceptibility to viruses depends on how much of a retard you are. And though you'd like it to be, this "increased susceptibility" is not a fatal flaw. I have had two Android phones over the course of a year and a half, and have never been infected. I don't even run any anti virus software. I don't run anti virus software on my computer either. I've gotten a couple viruses there, but they were due to my stupidity and I learned from my mistakes. So let's try again: what specifically am I ever wrong about?

80. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

nice comeback... but honestly this is a real problem becuase, while it is preventable, i really dont want to look up each app i download to make sure it doesnt have malware... this is a fundemental problem for android... and ya, it limits it almost completely from being business oriented

82. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You don't have to look up individual apps to make sure they're not malware. None of these apps were very popular. At the very most, 120,000 people were affected. In the grand scheme of the Android Market, that's not much. Sure, I'd like to see Google screen apps a little better, but it's not a crippling issue. Besides, would you really want a "hot girls" app on your work phone anyway?

83. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

no, but what if one person in my 25,000 employee workforce downloaded this app, and then stole contacts passwords etc.... all it wud take is one...

84. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

So if you're that worried about it, then institute a ban on downloading any app not approved by tech support. It's how they do it with work computers.

87. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

yes, but why not just get a blackberry, wp7, or iphone, where u dont need to get the tech support to check the apps...

89. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Because if you're not an idiot you really *don't* need tech support to check. Also, Android offers better hardware, faster updates, and more functionality across the board. It's as easy to learn as the iphone, with the deep functionality of Blackberry, along with the software support of Windows. To an extent. If most of the world's businesses can live with the potential security risk associated with Windows (and continue to do so) then they can live with the potential security risk associated with Android.

92. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

did u just say android has faster updates? are u high? do i really even need to argue that one? and so childish and naive... we both know android is moe complex, is nowhere near the enterprise and business support blackberry and ios have... and it does not intigrate wel... u relaize if u dont use gmail u r screwed on email right?

93. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Just because Android can do more doesn't mean it's complex or too complicated. You don't have to use every feature that Android has to offer. It can be as simple to operate as any other phone.

72. LOLOLO unregistered

yea thats why the iphone has gotten so many viruses. same with my imacs and macbooks. I have viruses all over the place. *sarcasm

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

And besides, Google IS doing something here. They're fucking stomping the shit out of the malware infected apps. By the time this story got to the public the apps were already pulled. That's some goddamned swift action.

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I agree, why on Earth will you just DROP Android altogether? It's the apps that have malware, maybe the people at your hospitals shouldn’t download apps & just use the phone for work only. Google is HUGE, they HAVE & will most definitely address this in the future. Google wants to protect their baby! Going to another OS would be counterproductive, just don't download apps, use your phones for work & patients personal information will not be compromised!

88. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

oh bcuase it was so hard for them to press the kill button... what about all the people who have alrady been infected?

90. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The malware was probably removed with the app. Only a small fraction of people were affected.

91. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

they usuals get their apps removed from their phones, phones patched and a nice message from Google telling them about the situation

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