Android Big Malware Target

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @ 02:01 PM gHale

Android users face a larger chance of falling victim to a malicious app than those using other mobile platforms, especially if they download apps from third-party Android markets.

Advertisements for that market were on an Android-related site, F-Secure researchers said. They followed it and found it hosts a number of malicious sites that push bogus/malicious apps. One of those poses as a “Phone Optimizer” app that reveals hidden functions.

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“The idea is that the manufacturers would then earn money through an OS update that unlocks the hidden features,” the researchers said. “This site claims to check your phone for such hidden features and unlock them.”

Once they analyze the device, the user can get an update module that supposedly does exactly that.

Unfortunately, the offered download link does not lead to the promised update module, but to an app that sends text messages to a premium-rate number based in the user’s country.

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