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.