Android security

Android Malware targeting users with fake Android Market website

 January 19, 2012

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Android malware is targeting users with a fake Android Market website URL that is nothing like the real Android Market website ( When users click on the in-app ad they are taken to something that looks like the official Google Android Market page that may appear to loom like the...

Android Rougeware targeting “Stevens Creek Software”

 January 12, 2012

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We have received a new malicious Android malware which is using the names of popular games and applications published under the name “Stevens Creek Software” to get installed on the user’s mobile. And the interesting thing about this rogueware is that unlike other Android malware which ask for numerous permissions...

Top 10 Malware Families (Mobile) of 2011

 December 31, 2011

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Today is the last day of the year and the right time to list out the top 10 Android Malware of this year. Below list is based on our report which is generated from the automated feedback that we collect from Quick Heal installations across India. Top 10 Malware Families...

Phone Text Message Lottery Scam

 November 23, 2011

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It is seen that Advance-Fee Fraud i.e. a confidence trick to earn money is being used by scammers sending phone text (SMS) messages as a means of tricking new victims. These text messages claim that the recipient has won a substantial sum of money in an online lottery as shown...

“Battery Doctor” Android Scareware

 October 24, 2011

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A new “scareware” targeting mobile devices running Google’s Android operating system claims that it has the ability to recharge the battery, but in reality it is designed to steal information. When the program first executes, the overview window shown below appears. As you can see, it shows information about the...

Netflix application looks alike Android Malware

 October 17, 2011

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We have received a new malicous Android malware which looks like a genuine Netflix application and which can be used to steal Netflix account information. This is a classic case of trojanzied malware wherein the fake application, which is identical to the genuine application, lures users to enter their Netflix...

Malicious QR code used for spreading Android malware

 October 7, 2011

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Android malware writers have found a new and convenient way of delivering malware to users. This method makes use of malicious QR codes. QR (Quick Response) codes are a type of matrix barcode which contains encoded forms of data. They can also be used to store URL information. Most people...

Android – RogueSPPush Malware

 August 29, 2011

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The growing popularity of Android and the tendency of users to store important data on their mobile phones are attracting many hackers. They are targeting users of Google Android mobile operating system with a malicious application that harvests personal information, controls the system and sends it to a remote server....

Android malware gains root access

 August 26, 2011

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A new malware affecting the latest version of Android operating system (2.3 – Gingerbread) is now out in the wild and masquerading as an app featuring some “Beauty of the Day” photos. The package I downloaded uses the following permissions: android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE android.permission.READ_LOGS android.permission.DELETE_CACHE_FILES android.permission.ACCESS_CACHE_FILESYSTEM android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE android.permission.INTERNET android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE android.permission.MOUNT_UNMOUNT_FILESYSTEMS android.permission.READ_OWNER_DATA...

Android malware disguises itself as Google+ App

 August 18, 2011

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We have received a new Android malware from the Anrdoid market whose icon is like a Google+ app. This app is particularly dangerous as it gathers GPS data, call logs, text messages and even records phone calls before sending the information off to a remote server. After installation it asks...