Given the growing use of smartphones and other devices within the Android Market of available products and services by both individuals and business entities, a recent announcement that Google has pulled the kill switch on 21 free malware apps is gaining the attention of information security and network security managers worldwide.
It was announced that the apps were from an Android Market publisher going by the name of Myournet, who repackaged popular free apps from the store with versions with slightly different names in order to deploy the malware. It is estimated that approximately 50,000 devices may be using that malware which is capable of stealing details from those user’s phones.
Below is a complete list of the bad apps:
- Falling Down
- Super Guitar Solo
- Super History Eraser
- Photo Editor
- Super Ringtone Maker
- Super Sex Positions
- Hot Sexy Videos
- Hilton Sex Sound
- Screaming Sexy Japanese Girls
- Falling Ball Dodge
- Scientific Calculator
- Dice Roller
- Advanced Currency Converter
- APP Uninstaller
- Funny Paint
- Spider Man
To read more about this recent threat, we offer two relevant postings for your review:
- A recent article written by Daniel Ionescu, PC World, posted on the NetworkWorld website and entitled, “Google Yanks 21 Malicious Apps From Android Market, Phones”, and
- A recent article written by Jolie O’Dell, posted on the Mashable website, and entitled “Google Pulls 21 Apps in Android Malware Scare”.
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