New Android malware found in some paid gaming apps
posted by Paul K. / Jul 09, 2015, 6:23 AM
Security experts at Palo Alto Networks report having found three different versions of a new malware that they are calling "Gunpoder". The rascal can be found in some Nintendo emulators (no names given) and, once it is nested onto your smartphone, it specializes in collecting bookmarks and browser histories, sending itself to other people over SMS, showing fraudulent advertisements and executing other code.
What's really gutting us is that the worm is hidden behind a paywall – the victims are prompted to pay a license fee for the emulator (between $0.20 and $0.49) and the malware activates after the payment is made. It is packaged with an adware library in such a manner that current antivirus tools don't detect it. According to Palo Alto, targeted users are residents of Iraq, Thailand, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Russia, France, Mexico, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Italy, USA, and Spain. Interestingly, the malicious code will not send itself over SMS to anybody if it detects that the user is in China.
Have you downloaded any Nintendo emulators recently? How does all this make you feel about your phone's security?
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Doesn't infect Chinese residents- well, who could be behind this?
posted on Jul 09, 2015, 6:27 AM 14
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Beauty of Android: EXCLUSIVE malwares.
posted on Jul 09, 2015, 9:09 AM 6
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Thanks for sharing, Paul K. Its the yin and the yan of open source platform. Yin: People are free to put malicious code in their App. Yan: Its also easier for security expert to develop more advance method to detect and eliminate them.
posted on Jul 09, 2015, 9:31 AM 4
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Google really needs to start controlling those apps that they approve more easily than I fart. Is there any kind of control or you just make a virus post in on google play and next day its up for grabs?
posted on Jul 09, 2015, 7:07 AM 2
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How do you know these apps are in the Play Store?
posted on Jul 09, 2015, 7:45 AM 4
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I don't think a lot of people get virus' from google play, it is likely from installing from unknown sources or third party stores, so yeah.
posted on Jul 09, 2015, 8:05 AM 6
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lol... every system is vulnerable... iOS, MacOS, Linux, Windows, Windows Phone, Blackberry and Android... all vulnerable... just google about what happened in these days to "Hacking Team" and their spy software, which runs on EVERY operating system.
posted on Jul 09, 2015, 6:17 PM 3
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Beauty of Android: Premium malware ROFL.
posted on Jul 09, 2015, 8:08 AM 4
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