As many as 5 million Android handsets infected with newly discovered trojan

As many as 5 million Android handsets infected with newly discovered trojan
Symantec has released information about a newly discovered threat known as “Android.Counterclank.” It is a variant of a previously discovered Trojan horse called “Android.Tonclank.”

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:

iApps7 Inc
  • Counter Elite Force
  • Counter Strike Ground Force
  • CounterStrike Hit Enemy
  • Heart Live Wallpaper
  • Hit Counter Terrorist
  • Stripper Touch girl

Ogre Games
  • Balloon Game
  • Deal & Be Millionaire
  • Wild Man

redmicapps
  • Pretty women lingerie puzzle
  • Sexy Girls Photo Game
  • Sexy Girls Puzzle
  • Sexy Women Puzzle



Update:

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.


source: Symantec via WMPowerUser

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76 Comments

71. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I have had this problem ever since i bought my nexus on dec. 17.The symantec link is worthless! Downloaded & ran norton. But it said i didn't have a virus ect. Have not downloaded any of these apps. How do i figure out what app is causing the problem?

76. johnfranckiv

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

ICS has a search bar on the home screen as a default... moron

69. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Haha, I love how the majority of these apps have to do with pornography!!!

66. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Lol, lol, lol, lol :) Btw, what's a trojan virus. I am clueless. I've never had that on the idevices, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

73. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

you have a clue of anything at all?

74. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

he doesnt have to. he pays a huge premium so someone else can have a clue for him. he just gets told what he can and cant have.

62. trollhunter

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

Why dont they just take down the host or sue, get a business litigation attorney involved. Problem solved. Its probably all fake. If they know the information is going to a "malicious host" why isnt the host taken down. Its a SCAM!

60. cupcake

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

And I do realize this could all be to get more people to download anti-virus apps. I'll never download those, they're bs. But, I'm not going to take my chances over an app and just uninstalled it. Considering I always check the app sources, have downloaded countless apps, and this being the very first strange occurance on my DROID- there is no way I'd consider DROID to be insecure. It is usually always the owner's fault when their DROID is... faulty. And, I've seen just as many iPhones with unexplainable defects. ALSO, I don't see the point in that, every time there is something wrong with iPhone, everyone shouts 'DROID'.. and every time something goes awry with DROID, everyone shouts 'iPhone'. It's a pointless battle. I'm just glad there are multiple options on the mobile market. In fact, I hope that BlackBerry gets back on their feet for an even more extensive variety!

59. xoutrageousx

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

Android + Virus = NOT shocking at all....

58. cupcake

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

You can add 'Easy MP3 Downloader' to the list. After reading this article just yesterday, I downloaded this app and what do you know, but a 'Search' widget shows up on my home screen. Another article I read on the subject adviced to keep an eye out for the app asking for an abnormal amount of permissions to be approved upon downloading. Bloody hackerz!!!!!!!!!! Now I feel violated....

57. jellytime

Posts: 135; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I'm impressed miz has yet not trolled on this article

56. axllebeer

Posts: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

I know I'm going to get "thumbed down" for this but the best way to avoid issues like this: BlackBerry

64. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Blackberries can have these same issues as well. Not to mention the jvm errors.

65. axllebeer

Posts: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

This is true and there's no denying it. I've never had that happen to me after owning 4 BBerrys, but I know it does happen. Nothing is bullet proof and common sense plays into how the life and health of a device is affected.

49. InternetsTroll

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

*Ahem* Android FAIL *Ahem*

42. Tarkio

Posts: 30; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

How would Symantec know this? Did Anonymous tell them?

41. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I can't believe the two pages of comments...seriously? If you ended up with this malware then it's pretty much your fault. Just reading the list of names and I have almost no sympathy. At least one thing is good, it's much easier to rid your Android phone of malware than it is on a PC. Norton can keep their brand of garbage virus scanning to themselves, I swear it's like these guys make these viruses and malware up since when their scanners find something you have to actually be paying to actually get it removed. I have had better success with free viruses and malware removal software than I ever had with Norton. Norton tends to get many things a bit wrong when it scans too, but it's to be expected though. Back to using my malware free Android phone.

39. nacho69

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Is there a lot of security problems like this one on the android platform? I was thinking of getting an android phone or tablet soon, but now I'm thinking about it. Also, is there a faster way of deleting an app?

35. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

as usual people and PA don't do their research before writing an article...

34. andrwroepke

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Should of have bought and iPhone haha

37. G2Noobin

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

lmao...Not.

44. Tarkio

Posts: 30; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

Should of have learned English..... You deserve to be using "and" iphone.

28. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

*looks at the app list and chuckles* Okay. *keeps playing with my malware free phone*

27. broking

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

A heads up, just because you have that icon on your home screens does not mean that you have the "malware". That icon has been a default icon on plenty of phones. Also don't always trust what Norton says when it comes to virus, especially when the "solution" is to download their product. It would be like BP saying unleaded gas hurts Toyotas, so you can only buy Premium gas for them. Now this could be a legitimate malware case, but as a cellphone technician I have seen more harm caused to phones due to anti-viruses, task killers, and battery saver than with viruses and the such. Your best protection against malware, spyware, and viruses is being careful and not downloading sketchy (yes, I did just say sketchy) apps like nude clothed ladies.

25. smartx84

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

yup yup i got one even two, believe it or not, on my homescreen.... i think it is either a trojan or i read somewhere that it is some kind of "app for adds" things that a company published...

23. joey18

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

Google makes this shiet to get more money thas why virus spread all over phones this only money google wans i keep my iphone f**k google my old android phone reboots alot it freece liked pole north

43. Tarkio

Posts: 30; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

Don't forget thas, alot, and like pole north.

70. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

HAHA!! Pole North.

22. johnfranckiv

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

21. palmguy

Posts: 991; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I want some other company besides Norton (company selling the cure) to say this.

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