Android Malware infects millions of users

Symantec claims that millions of Android devices might have infected with malware via Android apps available through the Android marketplace.

Symantec has identified 13 Android applications that are being used to push Android.Counterclank, which is a modification of the bot-net like virus Android.Tonclank. The malicious applications can receive commands and carry out certain actions, as well as steal personal information from the infected device.

“For each of these malicious applications, the malicious code has been grafted on to the main application in a package called “apperhand”. When the package is executed, a service with the same name may be seen running on a compromised device.” Symantec wrote in a blogpost. Presence of search icon above the home screen is also a sign of malware infection.

So far Symantec has identified 13 applications that are potentially harmful, it also published the list of applications. Most of these applications are either gaming apps or porn related apps. These apps include Counter Elite Force, Counter Strike Ground Force, CounterStrike Hit Enemy, Heart Live Wallpaper, Hit Counter Terrorist, Stripper Touch Girl, Balloon Game, Deal & Be Millionaire, Wild Man, Pretty Women Lingerie Puzzle, Sexy Girls Photo Game, Sexy Girls Puzzle and Sexy Women Puzzle.

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