As many as 5 million Android handsets infected with newly discovered trojan
The malware is embedded into various apps in the Android Market and once downloaded, launch services that send information from the device, such as MAC Address, SIM Serial, IMEI, and IMSI, back to the malicious host.
Symantec has estimated that Android.Counterclank has been installed on between 1 million and 5 million devices. One sure fire way to know you’re infected is the presence of a “search” icon on the home screen, which is depicted in the graphic below.
Symantec has identified several malicious app titles spread out over 3 publishers. They are:
- Counter Elite Force
- Counter Strike Ground Force
- CounterStrike Hit Enemy
- Heart Live Wallpaper
- Hit Counter Terrorist
- Stripper Touch girl
- Balloon Game
- Deal & Be Millionaire
- Wild Man
- Pretty women lingerie puzzle
- Sexy Girls Photo Game
- Sexy Girls Puzzle
- Sexy Women Puzzle
Removing the associated application should remove the malware from the device.
1. Open the Google Android Menu.
2. Go to the Settings icon and select Applications.
3. Next, click Manage.
4. Select the application and click the Uninstall button.
You can also install Norton Mobile Security from the Android Market or from the norton.mobi website.
Norton Mobile Security Lite [Android Market Link]
Finally, you can always perform a factory reset, however, in most cases, you will lose any data that is not backed up.