Images used by at least 60 games from the Google Play Store are spreading viruses on Android phones
posted by Alan F. / Feb 02, 2016, 3:14 PM
At the heart of the virus is the Android.Xiny.19.origin Trojan, which can install unwanted programs on your handset. This mostly comes in the form of adware, but it could be worse. In addition, your phone's unique IMEI number is sent to a remote server, which allows the bad guys to identify your specific device and tamper with it more.
Most of the infected games are still listed in the Google Play Store. While it isn't known whether the software publishers are in on it, names listed on malicious games include BILLAPS, Conexagon Studio and Fun Color Games. Besides staying away from apps listed by these publishers, it would also be wise to stick to the original version of games that you want to install from the Play Store. In other words, stay away from knockoffs.
Now that we can see that some viruses are being hidden inside images used by games in order to avoid detection, you can expect Google to dispatch software updates that tighten the access that hackers have to these images.
Thanks for the tip!
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You can also install AVG thats will simply detect and block all those right when you install an app.
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 3:33 PM 1
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I thought fandroids said Android was safer than iOS?
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 3:34 PM 10
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I don't know which one is safer but as you can see by this article, both platforms have vulnerabilities. This one says 500 apps on ios. http://www.forbes.com/sites/hn
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 6:19 PM 8
Oh but I thought Android was more secure lol?
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 3:35 PM 4
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Letting a serial killer into your house is different than a serial killer breaking into your house. You can't just get the virus without opening the door and letting it in. So in a sense, this doesn't touch on security at all because it doesn't have to do with security or lack there of... it has to do with the user's brain or lack there of.
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 4:18 PM 19
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All I am going to say to that is Samsung phones are secure to the level that the USA and uk government use them and Apple phones are not This is is not about android or ios, it's all about the app shops, and any app shops can be hacked
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 5:52 PM 0
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Oh I Know they are, there was also flaws found in them big time, will have to dig up the report, where they were not on encrypted systems or some crazy stupid flaw that made them suspect to hacking. Mainly poking fun at the Gov/xp here. Not android. Though I love to poke at android and iOS.
posted on Feb 03, 2016, 8:25 AM 0
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At least it's in the play store and not another Android OS security hole. Most Android phones are running older versions and never see an update. Trogens in apps is fine, just don't install them and you're good.
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 3:37 PM 5
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For security blackberry>windows>ios>android.
posted on Feb 03, 2016, 12:17 AM 0
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BB uses Android nowadays... And I would say Android is far more secure than iOS and windows. If you're a Walmart employee you shouldn't be commenting on security, go back to packing bags.
posted on Feb 03, 2016, 4:10 AM 0
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