More malware infected Android apps removed by Google

If you recently downloaded an add-on or even a cheat for Angry Birds on your Android based device you might want to check to see if you have been infected with malware. According to a story over at Venture Beat, a computer science professor and his team located in North Carolina State University have found new malware that hide as add-ons or cheats for the popular arcade game. The discovery was first announced on June 5. However Google removed the 10 malware files discovered by the NCSU team from the Android market.

The new malware file is called "Plankton" and according to the academic team the file runs in the background of your Android device and "will collect information, including the device ID as well as the list of granted permissions to the infected app, and send them back to a remote server." The blog stated that the malware was put in place by three different developers on the Android Market before Google removed the files.

Google's Android Market is known for being easier to submit apps for approval but as Venture Beat reports this has also made it easier for malware creators to slip in malicious files. Back in March, Google took down dozens of malware inflected files from the Android Market. Of course, Android users might also be more careful about what they are downloading in the first place. Third party apps and cheats for Angry Birds on the Market are highly suspect files in the first place.

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an open door lets lots of flies in an open door with a fly screen doesn't Google needs to take control of what is and isn't allowed in the app store just like the fly screen stops flies getting in

I'm not an Apple fan but you can see they got it right with their app store

test everything before letting it in and randomly test it again latter just to make sure devs don't do a bait n switch

What's happening !!!! Andoird is having rouge apps very frequently, many websites are getting hacked and data compromised, it is some kind of terrorism in the information age !!!? or is the Zero Day coming near?

ps. Zero Day (http://www.zerodaythebook.com) is a very interesting novel by Mark Russinovich

Jebadiah said,
Google needs to fix its ****ing app review system or go **** itself.

You sound like an idiot. I mean that goes without saying when one resorts to expletives. Anyway, Google has no review system. And quite frankly I like it that way. If someone blindly accepts an app without reviewing what the permissions do, then so be it.

The way I would correct this for the average user is during the initial setup of the phone, ask the user for a password to use with there Market for apps that have a certain security permission.

When the user installs an app that requests a "high risk" (which ever they are) permission, the user will be prompted to type in their password and why they were prompted in the first place.

Very simple solution that I notified Google about.

Of course, Android users might also be more careful about what they are downloading in the first place.

Of course, and this applies not only to Android but computing in general. You could have the best anti virus system in the world, but it would be completely useless if the user blindly clicks "accept" without thinking about what they're doing.

Intrinsica said,

Of course, and this applies not only to Android but computing in general. You could have the best anti virus system in the world, but it would be completely useless if the user blindly clicks "accept" without thinking about what they're doing.

Right, because everybody has rooted devices and the knowledge to actually diagnose malware on their little cell phones and tablets. Don't be ****ing stupid. I can't even modify the ****ing hosts file without rooting my Nexus One. Ridiculous.

Google needs to do its due diligence to not allow malware to get into THEIR OWN market in the first place. A flawed review system is worse than having no review system at all. The review system have made the people give up the malware detection job to Google, because Google doesn't let us do it on our own.

Jebadiah said,
Don't be ****ing stupid.
I love it when we can have a civil discussion...

Common sense might be dying out, but there are still some people that use it. I treat the app store like I treat the Internet. Just because something is available to me there doesn't mean that I automatically assume it's safe.
I look at reviews on it, I check to see if there are other similar applications, and when I download the application I have Lookout scan it and see if they know of it being malware/spyware.

I don't know why people assume that the app store is safe. It's well documented that there is little in the way of a review on applications that get submitted, and with more news articles coming out about various malware/spyware, you think people would treat their phones like their computer and at least have some sort of scanner installed.

google is Nazis? more of these devs should make more malware apps and ruin android and put an end to low quality OS...ok ook just kidding...nvm, k thanks bye!

flexkeyboard said,
google is Nazis? more of these devs should make more malware apps and ruin android and put an end to low quality OS...ok ook just kidding...nvm, k thanks bye!

flexkeyboard said,
google is Nazis? more of these devs should make more malware apps and ruin android and put an end to low quality OS...ok ook just kidding...nvm, k thanks bye!

I think it is an easy guess as to what fanboi club this guy subscribes too.