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Spyware Found on Some Android Market Apps & Games

Google has been suspended several apps after investigators spyware found. Jiang Xuxian computer science professor from NC State University found the malicious code named Plankton in a number of applications installed on the Android Market.

This code appears in a number of applications relating to a very famous game like Angry Birds and hid in the popular gaming applications, so a bit difficult to find.

“The malicious applications install additional code to Android devices where they are installed,” said Andrew Brandt Webroot researchers, in a blog post, which quoted SC Magazine, on Wednesday (15/06/2011).

“Additional functions provide remote access and control of Android devices. Unfortunately dentitas hackers still unknown at this time,” he added.

Jiang found harmful applications differ from previously infected Android applications, in Plankton is using various exploits on the device to gain root access to the OS.

“Conversely, a remote command to provide access not only known for what can be considered sensitive data on mobile phones, including browser history, bookmarks, and setting the homepage on Android’s built-in browser,” explains Brandt.

Jiang said that at least there are 10 applications that are infected at the Android Market from three different developers. Google seems to have been dealing with the problem of Plankton.

“We recognize and suspend a number of suspicious applications from the Android Market,” said Google spokesman.

“We suspend the application and the developer account that violates our policy,” he said again.

Google has been busy moving the infected applications from Android Market in recent months. Last month, the company had to remove a number of applications that are infected with malware DroidDream.



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