New Android malware records phone conversations

People should always be wary of installing any new software, even if its for your mobile phone. Google's Android Market has been proven to be highly susceptible to have software available that, if not caught quickly by Google, can turn out to be malware. Last May, 26 Android based malware programs were removed by Google; even more malicious files were found and deleted in June and yet again in July.

This week yet another new Trojan file has been discovered by CA Security and this is an especially nasty one. According to the company's blog site, this malware, which is named "Android System Message" actually records the phone user's audio conversations and stores them in the "amr" format. According to the blog, "Once the malware is installed in the victim device, it drops a 'configuration' file that contains key information about the remote server and the parameters." It adds, "As the conversation goes on, the Trojan stores the recorded call in a directory shangzhou/callrecord in the SDCard." Ars Technica adds that the malware is suppose to send that recorded conversation to a remote server. However, whomever created the code wrote it with a typo that disables this feature.

Ars Technica adds that the malware has yet to appear out in the general Android download community, saying it popped up on a shady "malware collection channel." Even if this malware doesn't find its way into the Android masses, people who download any Android apps should always be aware of what they are installing on to their device.

Image via CA Security

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And? I fail to see hte news here. This is just another one of those....if you are stupid enough to click install without knowing what you are doing, then you are an idiot and will get infected. Just like if you are an idiot and ignore the check engine light in the car, you have more problems.

Play it safe, read and know what you are installing....nuff said.

This also suggest me that android is going to be hit! when every one knows windows has tones of viruses and malwares yet its popularity is growing! Same law will be applied here!!!

Everyone here is saying something I agree with.

Some of us need consumer electronic devices with security in mind, holding our hands; keeping us safe.

The rest of you can use mobile computers, and we'll just enjoy our phones.

Just remember to tell people who sideload this **** and complain about the OS go out and try windows phone Mango.

Thank you Android user base.

SHADOW-XIII said,
If someone is stupid enough not to read permissions plus not using any kind of simplest security then it's his own fault, lmao

Well if they are too stupid to read, they should just get a WP7 or an iOS device. Those device were made for them OBVIOUSLY!

As for me, I never got one of those apps on my phone and I don't run any security software on my Android phone.

UndergroundWire said,

Well if they are too stupid to read, they should just get a WP7 or an iOS device. Those device were made for them OBVIOUSLY!

As for me, I never got one of those apps on my phone and I don't run any security software on my Android phone.

Exactly, they are made for people that don't have time to be checking every single thing they do just to make sure they don't **** up. Some of us don't need to waste time on this, we just want something that we know won't mess up our device and go with it. Simple as that.

Lucas said,

Exactly, they are made for people that don't have time to be checking every single thing they do just to make sure they don't **** up. Some of us don't need to waste time on this, we just want something that we know won't mess up our device and go with it. Simple as that.

It takes all of five seconds to flick through the permissions, and the dodgy permissions are pretty easy to see. Ignorance is not an excuse. The people that install Android malware are the same type of people that also install malware without considering the consequences on Windows/Mac/Linux/whatever. There's no security hole being exploited in Android except for user naïveté.

Freedom and vigilance go hand in hand. Android user's get a lot of freedoms, but we have to be educated to be vigilant, since we can't rely on Google mothering us like Apple and Microsoft do for their users.

Majesticmerc said,

It takes all of five seconds to flick through the permissions, and the dodgy permissions are pretty easy to see. Ignorance is not an excuse. The people that install Android malware are the same type of people that also install malware without considering the consequences on Windows/Mac/Linux/whatever. There's no security hole being exploited in Android except for user naïveté.

Freedom and vigilance go hand in hand. Android user's get a lot of freedoms, but we have to be educated to be vigilant, since we can't rely on Google mothering us like Apple and Microsoft do for their users.

As far as I am concerned, let the dummies go to a more simple smartphone. It suits them. I'll keep my Android.

UndergroundWire said,

As far as I am concerned, let the dummies go to a more simple smartphone. It suits them. I'll keep my Android.

Exactly, we like it like that. Thank you.

cleverclogs said,
I wonder if store salesmen promote this as a feature in Android?

Well obviously Windows Phone sucks as this feature doesn't exist… </sarcasm>

cleverclogs said,
I wonder if store salesmen promote this as a feature in Android?

if you read it right... this app is not in any market.
you can get malware too on WP7 with sideload app or Cydia in iOS

NesTle said,

if you read it right... this app is not in any market.
you can get malware too on WP7 with sideload app or Cydia in iOS

And tthis is the same how? Android malware were downloaded from the marketplace..

NesTle said,

if you read it right... this app is not in any market.
you can get malware too on WP7 with sideload app or Cydia in iOS

Yes, but some of these malware apps HAVE been in the Market, as mentioned in the article as well...

cleverclogs said,
I wonder if store salesmen promote this as a feature in Android?

I wonder if the salesmen promote this as a feature in Windows PCs? If you are too stupid to know what you are installing on your devices, you deserve this and so much more.

FMH said,
This Android security issue has reached scarier new heights.

this apps is not on the market...
you have to sideload it. it's just like if you say that Windows is unsafe because of warez...

FMH said,
This Android security issue has reached scarier new heights.

Along with what NesTle said, it also tells you what it's capable of right there in the screenshot, which is what Android users see when they install apps. The key security flaw here is the user installing apps. It's the exact same flaw that Windows suffers with nowadays. Idiots.

FMH said,
This Android security issue has reached scarier new heights.

Absolutely. The really scary thing though is the malware apps that are actually making their way to the market... That's really scary...

FMH said,
This Android security issue has reached scarier new heights.

You're only saying that because it's Android. If this was on any other phone type you wouldn't be nearly as worried.

Amarok said,

You're only saying that because it's Android. If this was on any other phone type you wouldn't be nearly as worried.


So show us another mobile OS where something like that would be possible…

FMH said,
This Android security issue has reached scarier new heights.
This is nothing new. These apps have been out for BlackBerry and iPhone for years now. I should mention that I'm aware of a few apps that have been out for Android for well over a year now too. Hardly "new Android malware".

Amarok said,

You're only saying that because it's Android. If this was on any other phone type you wouldn't be nearly as worried.

If it was on other phones(iOS, WP, BB), I would be more worried.

ichi said,
Ironically enough, I haven't found any app to easily record my own calls. Go figure.

Holy crap, you just made me choke on my drink! lmao