Images used by at least 60 games from the Google Play Store are spreading viruses on Android phones

Images used by at least 60 games from the Google Play Store are spreading viruses on Android phones
According to a security firm in Moscow named Dr. Web, several apps found in the Google Play Store are infected. To sneak past the "security guards," the trojan is not found inside the game but is inside pictures employed by the game. Dr. Web found 60 infected games made by 30 companies. None of the titles are popular, original games. In fact, most of them would be considered knockoffs of popular titles.

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.


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source: Tom'sGuide

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25 Comments

1. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

You can also install AVG thats will simply detect and block all those right when you install an app.

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Or avast antivirus. Best free anti virus there is.

2. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

I thought fandroids said Android was safer than iOS?

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol got em.

7. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

No platform is safe, but if you use your brain you will be just fine...

16. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

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/hnewman/2015/10/06/apple-ios-virus-may-have-affected-almost-500-apps-2-million-apple-users/#59ac82b97e61

21. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

The difference is that Android users are smart enough to check while Apple idiots will just keep on being infected...

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh but I thought Android was more secure lol?

8. TBomb

Posts: 1394; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

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.

10. handsomparis

Posts: 118; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

Valid point

9. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

Do you really have to make this into an issue with these "fandroids"? IMO, all of you are just as bad as each-other, get a grip on your lives and stop having wars

11. Cyberchum

Posts: 1035; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Being using Android for 4 years now, yet to get a single virus or malware attack. So, yeah! it's secure.

13. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

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

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Doesn't say much when naval ships are running XP. Send any of them to a hackathon event and watch the phones fall like butter.

19. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

thats not your regular XP, those XP is rigged by high encryption system and other stuff from DoD

24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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.

22. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Another unoriginal, moronic Apple user commenting the exact same thing another Apple sheep just did. Apple users are never even aware of being infected as they're too stupid to check.

5. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

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.

14. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Samsung s4 and up will block the security holes anyways using knox

12. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Been using Android a long time and occasionally do a virus check and never found a virus yet.

15. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Very smart tactic in hiding malware...

20. bobby2803

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

For security blackberry>windows>ios>android.

23. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

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.

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You would say...but what reports do you have that Android is more secure than WP?

26. steelew

Posts: 219; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

Thanks for the story but where is the list. You can't just say there are 60 plus apps that are infected and then NOT provide a list. Even the source has no list. This story NEEDS a follow up.

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