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Info-stealing malware Xavier has infected hundreds of free apps on Google Play Store

0. phoneArena posted on 16 Jun 2017, 09:28

Over 800 Android apps Google Play Store are found to be infected with information-collecting malware dubbed Xavier. According to Trend Micro security experts, the malware has been pre-installed on a wide range of free Android applications and has been downloaded millions of times so far.

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posted on 16 Jun 2017, 10:24 5

1. Flash (Posts: 1423; Member since: 19 May 2017)

Oh but I thought Android was "secure?"

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 10:35 11

2. ph00ny (Posts: 1507; Member since: 26 May 2011)

and this doesn't happen on iOS?

posted on 17 Jun 2017, 00:10 2

20. Leo_MC (Posts: 2675; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

No, malware on iOS don't have access to sensitive data like email and passwords; they had access to general system info: device name, time, uuid (info I have no problem to give for free, if an app asks me nicely).

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 10:40 14

4. Myphoneisonfire (Posts: 355; Member since: 05 Sep 2016)

It is secure from getting infected by viruses like you.

Don't worry about it. You go back to playing with your 4.7" toy.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 10:58 1

8. piyath (Posts: 1033; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)

Android is garbage....lol Sometimes silence is the best answer to all the Android fanboy trolls. Truth (the fact than android is a stolen. poorly executed, unsafe, low quality product bought by Google for money thus no passion in developing that) will prevail no matter what they say.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 11:05 12

10. sissy246 (Posts: 4021; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)

OMG you are the biggest troll on this site.
NOTHING IS Safe 100%

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 17:43

16. jeroome86 (Posts: 2100; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Not quite.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 11:16 4

12. Myphoneisonfire (Posts: 355; Member since: 05 Sep 2016)

Hey Poo Poo Pooyath , welcome back. Haven't seen you around lately...

What a "Truth". Ouch , that hurt so baaaad !! Happy now?

Go and continue playing with your Barbie dolls.

Bye. Take care Poo Poo.

posted on 17 Jun 2017, 12:18 1

23. buccob (Posts: 2732; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

I'm sure Apple works purely out of passion and not for the money /s


posted on 16 Jun 2017, 10:36 2

3. slannmage (Posts: 199; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)

Android is trash

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 10:45 4

6. maple_mak (Posts: 904; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

Haters are more trash.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 10:45 5

5. Panzer (Posts: 67; Member since: 13 May 2016)

IOS users have very bad memories. How easily they forgot about XcodeGhost.


posted on 16 Jun 2017, 10:52 2

7. Flash (Posts: 1423; Member since: 19 May 2017)

And here comes the deflecting and excuses.

posted on 17 Jun 2017, 01:21 1

22. Scott93274 (Posts: 5396; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

Hey Remember that time when a text message crashed iPhones, or when clicking on a link would cause the iPhone to repeatedly call 911 over and over again crippling 911 dispatchers, or when Apple had discovered loads and loads of malware in the App Store, or when iPhone users had their nude pictures leaked all over the internet for the world to see because Apple sat on a reported issue with their cloud security for over a half year without doing anything about it? Or when thousands of iPhone users had their accounts locked out and they had to pay money to a hacker to get them unlocked?

The difference between Android and iOS, is that if you're responsible on Android, you can have a flawless experience, where if you're responsible on iOS/iPhone, you're still at the mercy of anyone clever enough to exploit any of the many flaws/vulnerabilities with the OS/web services.

As people have already stated on here. No platform is perfect, so stop trolling. Just because you changed your profile name doesn't make you any less of an asshat. Grow up.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 10:58 5

9. PrYmCHGOan (banned) (Posts: 335; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)

Here comes all the trolls. One platform being more or less secure, doesn't make any of them 100% secure.

The problem here is very simple. People are evil. It is up to the store owner to make sure their clients are selling garbage.

Google needs to step up and make sure apps they allow, are safe to download.
All platforms have this issue. The only difference with lets say Windows is, not all Windows app come directly through or from Microsoft.

But companies like Google and Apple, who have their own stores, and have an app verification process; should make sure the app meets the quality that it should.

It should be installed and tested to make sure they don't have backdoors and malicious code.

I know it is impossible to catch everything. But if 800 apps got in without detection, then that is a control problem.

Why do you need an app to change wallpapers. I NEVER download those. If I want wallpapers, I google the type I want and pick and just save the image.

I download the wallpapers PA posts and I pick from the pack.

As usual, the biggest issue is in Asian countries, not in the US.

All platforms have hacks and security issues. But as per usual, here come all the iSheeple with their security BS.

All software is hack-able and can be used by people with malicious intent.

All this BS like FlashBatmite/Mxy talkign about I though Android is more secure, is just a troll trying to start a debate.

Don;t fall far it. All software has its security measures and all of them can be circumvented.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 11:09 4

11. PrYmCHGOan (banned) (Posts: 335; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)

@Piyath - Who was Android stolen from? Oh and all software is insecure because none are 100% secure. As I recall IOS has the same issues.

Apple does have a better quality control for their apps. bet yet there are plenty of articles where IOS apps have been found to contain malicious code.

So I fail to see how any imperfection is somehow perfection because you chose to use something different.

No software is or will ever be 100% secure. The main reason is coders are not perfect and the fact there are people who sole purpose is to hack and create issues for hate or money.

So your constant attacking of Android when iOS in fact has the same issue, makes you simply a stupid ignorant fool.

You are the one who should STFU!

You are a hypocrite and you only purpose of being here is to troll. Not once do you ever say anything with logic, thought or even any common sense whatsoever.

You Apple fans have always been nothing but a bunch of lifeless pieces of garbage.

Get a job you lazy good-for-nothing jag-off!

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 12:43 1

14. cnour (Posts: 1494; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)

Techie, you are more than stupid.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 12:30 1

13. Anchor (Posts: 72; Member since: 16 Jun 2017)

With rooting and XPrivacy all your worries are gone. I might be the only one who thinks this is to get android users to download the paid/premium apps

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 17:42

15. jeroome86 (Posts: 2100; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Always some a holes trying to hack your info. Part of life in the tech world and on the outside.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 20:36 1

18. Settings (Posts: 2330; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

I stopped reading when I saw Trend Micro. They just supply malwares and only they have the solution for it. They are known for this.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 21:17

19. trojan_horse (Posts: 4930; Member since: 06 May 2016)

"They just supply malwares and only they have the solution for it."

Yeah, Scottie... In fact, almost all Software security companies do make malwares themselves and distribute them to only latter announce that they've "discovered" a new type of malware... They all do it to build hype around them and drum up business.

posted on 17 Jun 2017, 01:08

21. joey_sfb (Posts: 6600; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Regardless, it's good that the problem is brought out into the light so that we could work towards a solution and resolution.

posted on 20 Jun 2017, 06:24

24. tech_mate (Posts: 21; Member since: 30 Nov 2016)

Can someone please list those apps? Everyone spreads the news but no one list the affected apps.

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