Another Android security scare leads to 21 removed apps

Another Android security scare leads to 21 removed apps
Google has pulled out 21 popular apps from the Android Market, because these apps were infected with a virus which has the ability to gain root access on your Android phone, collect data and authorize the download of more potentially harmful code.

Before these 21 apps were removed, they were downloaded between 50 000 and 200 000 times for four days, and the security breakthrough became known only after a vigilant Androider informed Google about the problem.

The situation is described in the following way:

"[a publisher has taken]… 21 popular free apps from the market, injected root exploits into them and republished."

One of the apps (full list below) is called Chess, but despite its name, the actual app has nothing to do with the ancient Indian game.

These apps use the "rageagainstthecage" root exploit to gain root access, and there is a separate APK that steals the product ID, model, partner, language, country and userID. Worst of all, though, is their ability to download more unknown code, that's likely harmful for your phone and the security of your data.

Since then, Google has pulled out these 21 apps and has remotely removed them from the infected phones, but unfortunately, there is no way to wipe out the code that was subsequently downloaded.

Only yesterday we told you about a similar Android scare, so it seems that Google would have to go a long way before its mobile OS is actually secure. The full list of dangerous apps is here, and take into account they were all published by a company called Myournet:

  • Falling Down
  • Super Guitar Solo
  • Super History Eraser
  • Photo Editor
  • Super Ringtone Maker
  • Super Sex Positions
  • Hot Sexy Videos
  • Chess
  • 下坠滚球_Falldown
  • Hilton Sex Sound
  • Screaming Sexy Japanese Girls
  • Falling Ball Dodge
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Dice Roller
  • 躲避弹球
  • Advanced Currency Converter
  • App Uninstaller
  • 几何战机_PewPew
  • Funny Paint
  • Spider Man
  • 蜘蛛侠

source: Android Police

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15 Comments

1. Striker unregistered

Well, the downs of the so called open source are beginning to show. Stupid thing is this Android...for children.

6. 10aera

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Yeah... I guess we're children... Je, je... at the end... the best games and apps are children oriented! Android rules and that's why moto, sony, lg, samsung, and htc have it, customize it, and play with it... Oh oh... I guess they are children, too!

2. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Anybody in their right state of mind wouldn't have downloaded over 80% of those apps. Just goes to show why the smartphone isn't for dumb people. Something which Apple can gloat about because simpleminded people buy their simpleminded phone.

8. curiousgeorge

Posts: 25; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

best point in these comments..only CHILDREN as striker said or people who live in their moms basements would download any of those apps..super sexy videos? come on and you can see by the numbers of downloads that not many people downloaded them anyway

3. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

As a non-android owner- doesn't the OS have the ability to get detailed information on an app before downloading it? Would seem as though that would be something any right minded person would do before giving access to all your information on your phone, especially to apps like these that are not "household" names. As for open source argument, it's a pointless, baseless gripe from people who just like to gripe. In this day and age, only your Grandpa and Grandma haven't been around computers enough to understand there are threats out there in the cyber-world, and YOU need to protect yourself. Just like if you wouldn't leave your computer open without protection, you own the phone- protect it. At least Google is responding to these threats by removing them and owning up to it.

4. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

Haha android. Keep up the good work. And google wants big name companies to use android!

5. 10aera

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Well... google doesn't want big companies using its android... if big companies are already using it: samsung, sonyericsson, lg, htc, motorola, etc... who's using symbian? just nokia... and not for long... who's using IOS? just apple... and because their are too proud and close as for even accept microsd slots.... which platforms are virus endangered?... well.... all of them! Anything with software and link to the internet has a potential threat to virus!

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

any popular OS will gets hacked and get people tying to pull virus on them but now seriously out of all names who in his right mind will get this Super Sex Positions Hot Sexy Videos (haven't we learned that if we want porn we should at least get it from known places) App Uninstaller (why the hell you need this cant you just uninstall apps like normal people do?)

12. CH unregistered

I agree! I seriously cracked at the fact that the application "Screaming Sexy Japanese Girls" has a virus/trojan. I mean what did you expect?! :D I don't know about you, but to me this seems as obvious as those commercials on webpages stating that "you're the 1000th visitor on their page and have won an incredible prize" lol xD

10. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

the words Android and Security shouldnt even be used in the same sentence. Its a contradiction...

11. derp unregistered

You could say the same thing with the words Reliability and Functionality. Android is the most pathetic and god-aweful mobile OS out there. Security is nearly non-existant, it lacks some of the most basic features you would want on a phone, and after years on the market, its still about as stable as Gary Busey.

13. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

That's ok. Android users appreciate the openness of android. So let those virus in :)

14. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Yea this so funny these twerps trying to bust Android's balls when their beloved iphad got hacked....

15. Ultimatephonefreak

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

They hacked into At&t to get the information ". . .by exploiting a hole in the security of AT&T's servers." Source: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Hackers-bailed-out-after-exposing-114-000-iPad-3G-owners_id17163

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