Google Pulls 21 Apps from the Android Market in Malware Scare

The Android Market is an open system and with that comes both advantages and disadvantages. One of the disadvantages is the potential for malware to float around. Google's pulled 21 apps from the Android Market in a malware scare. This malware aimed at getting root access to users' devices, gathering a wide range of available data and downloading more code without the user knowing.

The Droid gets botted

The Droid gets botted


Although Google's taken prompt action after the apps were reported, it is estimated that about 50,000 Android users have already downloaded one or more of these corrupt apps. If you look at the names of the apps, they seem pretty innocent, as they just seem to be application versions of already popular games like Chess. After the malware containing app has been downloaded, it roots the user’s device using a method like rageagainstthecage, and then an Android executable file (APK) to obtain user and device data, such as the mobile provider and user ID. Then, the app acts like a welcoming committee to more malicious code. Here is a list of all the 21 apps that were pulled. If you've downloaded any of them, you're advised to replace your device since even if you've deleted the app, there's no telling if the device is secure or not.

  • Falling Down
  • Super Guitar Solo
  • Super History Eraser
  • Photo Editor
  • Super Ringtone Maker
  • Super Sex Positions
  • Hot Sexy Videos
  • Chess
  • 下坠滚球_Falldown
  • Hilton Sex Sound
  • Screaming Sexy Japanese Girls
  • Falling Ball Dodge
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Dice Roller
  • 躲避弹球
  • Advanced Currency Converter
  • APP Uninstaller
  • 几何战机_PewPew
  • Funny Paint
  • Spider Man
  • 蜘蛛侠

via Mashable

Published Date: Mar 02, 2011 09:56 am | Updated Date: Mar 02, 2011 09:56 am