Symantec: Botnet Entangles Android Users

Symantec: Botnet Entangles Android Users

Mobile malware hasn't been a huge problem up to this point. It certainly exists, but wielding a smartphone and downloading apps from an official market place isn't like running Windows, where multiple new threats emerge every day. Perhaps things are beginning to change. Security firm Symantec discovered over a dozen malicious apps in the Android Market being used to push out Android.Counterclank, a bot-like threat that can receive remote commands and steal user data.

"The combined download figures of all the malicious apps indicate that Android.Counterclank has the highest distribution of any malware identified so far this year," Symantec said in a blog post.


Source: Symantec

Infected apps include:
  • Counter Elite Force (iApps7 Inc)
  • Counter Strike Ground Force (iApps7 Inc)
  • CounterStrike Hit Enemy (iApps7 Inc)
  • Heart Live Wallpaper (iApps7 Inc)
  • Hit Counter Terrorist (iApps7 Inc)
  • Stripper Touch Girl (iApps7 Inc)
  • Balloon Game (Orge Games)
  • Deal & Be Millionaire (Orge Games)
  • Wild Man (Ogre Games)
  • Pretty Women Lingerie Puzzle (redmicapps)
  • Sexy Girls Photo Game (redmicapps)
  • Sexy Girls Puzzle (redmicapps)
  • Sexy Women Puzzle (redmicapps)

It's unclear exactly how many people were infected, though some estimates around the Web put the total around 1.5 million.

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OHHHHHHHHHHHH man well i'm lucky, i didn't download any of those. 1.5 millions OK STOP! that is a lot of infected.Remember Smartphones are like pc they get malware too, so run an anti-virus to eliminate those malware good luck!

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I would not download any of those apps based on the name alone! Sometimes I think people get their computers/phones infected because of their own ignorance.

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When they can't write in English don't download them... I am sure they have been removed from the market at this point. This is one thing I can give to Apple is they examine the Apps much more carefully than Android although I will stick with my Android device.

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Are you a racist?  you are going to tell me that english speakers don't create malware, oh they are all good boys...please if you have nothing  good to say don't post  those things. 

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Strangely, Symantec also sells scareware - software that pretends to be a security package but that actually doesn't protect your PC or Android device.

Which is why I don't believe them when they claim there are malicious packages in the Android Market.

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Symantec has nothing to offer that I want for myself.

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Who would trust a security company that had their source code stolen?

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If the app seems funny, dont download it. Plus Symantec doesnt strike me as the worlds most honest company.

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Some of the infected apps listed would make most people pause before seriously considering downloading them.

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