Hacker infects Android devices connected to PCs

Hacker infects Android devices connected to PCs
Malware installs phony Google App Store on your device

Malware installs phony Google App Store on your device

Earlier this week, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, tweeted out a report showing that 99% of malware is targeted at Android devices. One sneaky way to inject this poison into the veins of your Android device was disclosed by Symantec. When you sync your Android flavored device to a Windows PC, this malware, named Trojan.Droidpak, creates a phony version of the Google Play Store while the device is in USB debugging mode. This is a mode normally used by developers, but is sometimes used when rooting an Android device.

Symantec has made an interesting discovery, This particular malware, when installed on an Android device, looks for Korean on-line banking apps, deletes them, and installs an infected version of the app. But there are solutions to avoid getting infected. Symantec suggests that Android users turn off USB debugging when not in use. Symantec also suggests that Android users be very cautious when syncing to an unknown PC, and install security software like Norton Mobile Security.

We have a screen shot from an infected Android handset for you to take a gander at, and most of you right away will note how the malicious app is listed as Google APP Store. If something doesn't look kosher on your app tray, odds are that you should tread lightly.


source: Symantec, PCWorld via BGR

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26 Comments

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Darwin, Linux, Windows - they all can get viruses - people will always attempt to create malicious software, just for the sake of creating it - to get notoriety, to bring awareness to some issue, etc.

13. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yes, what Mr. Schiller needs to notice is no one wants to make a virus for an archaic/mediocre barely 10% market share OS. Who would want to burden grandmas and little children by making viruses for iOS anyway, that would just be mean. Plus, isn't iOS like a virus already, can't be removed, lags older hardware, can't let you do 90% of "smart" phone functions, changes things to designs you don't like and won't let you revert, etc.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And powers the best selling line of phones ever, and the highest customer satisfaction rating. Don't leave that out.

2. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

Hmmmm... malware is on the rise... well if an Apple SVP of MARKETING tweets it, it must be important! Thank goodness he is looking out for us android users! Thank you Mr. Schiller

3. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

And the joke is "Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing"

4. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Yup, only it matters most to the enterprise market, that's the type of consumer Phil is on the lookout for.

5. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Malware targets Android users. Android users target Apple's Phil Schiller. /facepalm

6. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Thank goodness I don't have any Korean online banking apps!

7. N3Z1droid

Posts: 89; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

Ohh... Somehow i suspicious apple made the malware

8. wilsong17 unregistered

So apple tweet maybe apple paying people to mess with android since they already losing the phone war

9. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It warms my heart to see Apple is so concerned about Android.

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Exclude windows, what problem.

11. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

i'm not one to defend android but newsflash: Android devices have USB debugging disabled by default.

12. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5482; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Not to mention installing outside the playstore is default off

14. teja171 unregistered

"Our products are the best ", indirectly told by Symantec.

15. tenzin

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

personaly think phil did it for his competitor

16. Desmund

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

I guess when 90% of the world uses Android while 10% use everything else I think I could see why Malware would mostly be on Android I mean why target 10 people compared to 100,000,000?

17. blade19

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 29, 2011

Although I won't dispute the fact that malware exists for all platforms out there and we have to be careful what we do on our devices. This is just another marketing scheme by a failing virus company like Symantec... "Symantec also suggests that Android users be very cautious when syncing to an unknown PC, and install security software like Norton Mobile Security". They want to scare unknowing people by buying their products like Norton Mobile Security. Apple, and including M$, will do anything to discredited Android... Oh well...

18. wilsong17 unregistered

what a hoax article only people with knowledge of rooting and custom rom put usb debug on wow

19. SiiLo unregistered

Everytime I read one of these articles and it showcases a screenshot of the infected target why does it always look like an older version of android and nothing recent. That looks like gingerbread. oh yeah I also changed the default picture of my Play store app so it looks nothing like the original, if it changes back then I'll know now that something is up.

25. andynaija

Posts: 1243; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

The screenshot is Gingerbread. It's because Gingerbread is still a widely used version of Android (like Win XP), and the newer versions haven't been adopted widely yet. P.s. My phone still uses Gingerbread 2.3.7

20. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

Uh oh looks like an Apple executive has been secretly using Android

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Damn u hackers

22. Nexus_bear

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Is that ├ęclair?

23. blingblingthing

Posts: 831; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Was thinking something similar.

24. andynaija

Posts: 1243; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

It's Gingerbread

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