Be careful – the Steamy Window application for Android may contain a virus

Be careful – the Steamy Window application for Android may contain a virus
The wide spread of smartphones on the market means that personal computers are no longer the only target of hacker attacks – if you have a cell phone working under operating system you need to be as alerted about viruses as you are with your computer. A good example is provided by Symantec that discovered and published on their blog information about a modified version of the funny Steamy Window application, reportedly found on an unofficial 3rd-party app store.

Besides its basic functionality (the screen turns into steamy window that can be cleaned using your finger) the infected version requires access to your personal data, messages and a full Internet access. After the installation process is completed the application starts adding bookmarks to your browser (most of them leading to other infected websites), installing applications and sending text messages, all of these of course without any notification or warning.

Symantec recommends that you are always alerted when given program requests some permission or wants access to your personal data and if any of these requests look suspicious it is always better to cancel the installation. It is also a good idea to install only applications from the official Google catalogue - Android Market. There you can find the safe version of Steamy Window that is created by Swiss Codemonkeys.

source: Symantec Connect via Los Angeles Times


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12 Comments

1. shinobi

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Well I wanna warn everybody about this and two more looks like1- IPhone slider (which unlock the screen) and2- live wallpaper which looks like a girl cleaning screen with a sponge.After I downbload it to my new Samsung Vibrant it was a black window appear on a middle of phone screen asking if I wanna make this default wallpaper.When I push OK guess what happened?All my apps was dissapeared and screen become black,nothing was available even incoming calls in another words my phone just died.Called T-Mobile and they try to restart-nothing,went to their branch-same picture.So cause I got it about week ago they saent me the new one and since that time I am so careful about any app which is on a Android market.By the way I have IPhone and never had such problem ! All of you please be careful what you download ))))))

3. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Sorry but when you actually have better grammar, your story would actually seem plausible.

12. smiley36 unregistered

hey porkguy. what a boring life!!! i think you have all the time in the world to just check on somebodyelse's grammar huh?! pathetic... did u not get the sense?

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

DO NOT INSTALL ANYTHING OUT OF THE ANDROID MARKET UNLESS IS A TRUSTED SOURCE! thanks for your time

4. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

This is scary shit! I kept thinking this Android virus issue was greatly exaggerated. O_O

5. giantgnome

Posts: 67; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

How is this not exaggerated? First off, you can only get it if you install questionable apps from a THIRD PARTY STORE. Second, it's NOT A VIRUS if it doesn't spread on its own, so if the only way to get it is through that app then only a small number of people get infected and it stays that way.

6. kanon

Posts: 36; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

If you all just understood how a unix distribution works.

7. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

Tell us!

8. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

thumbs down everyone to show debates on phonearena are stupid :) feel free to thumbs me down because i just did it to myself ;)

9. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

How is your comment not stupid? Did you contribute anything by it? What is this space here below the article for in your opinion?

10. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Debates on phonearena are stupid...yet you go through the trouble of creating a username? Hmm

11. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

If they are stupid why dont u leave... and yes.. u r the only one who has agreed with urself...

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