Another Android Malware Alert!!!

Posted on Jun 6 2011 - 6:31am by Kyle

Just last week, Google had removed over 25 applications from the Android Market due to a malware known as DroidDream Light. This is not the first or the last that we have seen of these issues. Another malware was discovered yet again circling the Android Market. This new malware known as DroidKungFu seems to be able to go undetected by mobile anti-virus software.

According to a researchers at the North Carolina University the newest malware is currently running ramped over in China.

DroidKungFu contains advanced techniques to avoid detection by mobile anti-virus software. At the time of this writing, Jiang and Zhou have tested the malware on two leading mobile security apps – and neither detected DroidKungFu.

That’s bad news, because DroidKungFu can do a couple nasty things, depending on which version of Android you are using.

In Android versions 2.2 (Froyo) and earlier, DroidKungFu takes advantage of two vulnerabilities in the platform software to install a backdoor that gives hackers full control of your phone. Not only do they have access to all of your user data, but they can turn your phone into a bot – and basically make your smartphone do anything they want.

Previously identified malware, such as DroidDream, has also taken advantage of these two vulnerabilities. But Jiang and Zhou think DroidKungFu is different because, based on early results of their research, it does a better job of avoiding detection by security software.

While Android Malware is still being considered a small problem, it is only expected to become worse as time goes on. With the amount of personal data that is stored on devices this could become a huge problem in the future. Android users need to stay aware along with taking measures like downloading  a well known anti-virus software.

You can refer to this link here on Android security applications that are available for your device.

Source:

WSJ

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  • Kwparker80

    What about Android 2.3, 3.0, and 3.1?

    Did you lose your train of thought somehow?

  • Linkslynx

    I am already the victim of the presence of malware on my Galaxy S I-9000 but I don’t know how to get rid of it or under what application it came in on.  My phone is not operating properly, my hotmail account was compromised ……what a mess.  I removed my hotmail account from the Samsung e-mail distribution listing, changed the password and now I can’t re-establish my hotmail account or access it from my phone at all.  I keep getting the error code 4002.