Hacker infects Android devices connected to PCs
posted by Alan F. / Jan 24, 2014, 9:03 PM
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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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.
posted on Jan 24, 2014, 9:12 PM 6
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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.
posted on Jan 25, 2014, 4:14 AM 7
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i'm not one to defend android but newsflash: Android devices have USB debugging disabled by default.
posted on Jan 25, 2014, 3:11 AM 5
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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...
posted on Jan 25, 2014, 11:24 AM 4
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.
posted on Jan 25, 2014, 2:04 PM 1
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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
posted on Jan 26, 2014, 3:22 AM 0
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Is that éclair?
posted on Jan 25, 2014, 11:31 PM 1
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