Feeds

Android Trojan distracts Japanese with anime and porn

Video trailers mask data pilfering malware

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

Security experts are warning of yet more malicious applications found on Google’s official online apps market Play, this time designed to steal personal data in the background while promising to show trailers for Japanese anime, video games and porn.

McAfee malware researcher Carlos Castillo explained in a blog post that the new Android Trojan had been discovered in 15 applications on Google Play so far and downloaded by at least 70,000 users.

The malware, specifically designed to target Japanese users, is hidden in apps which show internet-based video trailers.

On installation, the malicious apps request the user grants them permission to read contact data and read phone state and identity which.

If granted by the user, this will enable them to pilfer Android ID, phone number and the victim’s entire contacts list including names, email addresses and phone numbers.

It will then attempt to send the data in clear text to a remote server and, if successful, will request a video from that same server to display, said Castillo.

“Due the privacy risk that these applications represent to Android customers, all of them have been removed from the market,” he cautioned.

“McAfee Mobile Security detects these threats as Android/DougaLeaker.A. Users should verify in the Google Play market prior installation that the application does not request permission to perform actions not related to its purpose.”

Google’s relatively open Android ecosystem has led to a huge surge in malware hidden in legitimate looking applications.

Apart from data-sucking Trojans, cyber criminals have looked to distribute apps containing premium dialler malware, SMS fraud Trojans and malware designed to turn a user’s handset into a bot.

Worryingly, two-thirds of Android anti-malware scanners are not up to the task, according to recent research from AV-Test.

The firm said that there are more than 11,000 strains of malware in the wild targeted at the platform – a figure growing at some pace. ®

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw
Have you been on YouPorn lately, perhaps? White House website?
LibreSSL RNG bug fix: What's all the forking fuss about, ask devs
Blow to bit-spitter 'tis but a flesh wound, claim team
Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball
Unmasking hidden users is too hot for Carnegie-Mellon
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
Don't look, Snowden: Security biz chases Tails with zero-day flaws alert
Exodus vows not to sell secrets of whistleblower's favorite OS
Own a Cisco modem or wireless gateway? It might be owned by someone else, too
Remote code exec in HTTP server hands kit to bad guys
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.