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Prevent Android Malware Apps with Lookout By DominicD
This is just in from SecurityWeek: Variants of information stealing malware for android devices are spreading in China
Source: Multiple Variants of Android Virus 'Hong Tou Tou' Surface in China | Information Security News, IT Security News & Expert Insights: SecurityWeek.Com |
BD.HongTouTou.A - Lures Android users to download and install the app the by hiding itself in legitimate apps such as the well known game RoboDefense. Once activated, the mobile malware connects to a network in the background, and attempts to collect data from the users smartphone, encrypts it and send it to a remote server.
BD.HongTouTou.B – Discovered by NetQin today, this variant lures the user to download and install the mobile app under the name "Dynamic Footprint Wallpaper". Similar to BD.HongTouTou.A, after being installed and activated, it will connect in the background and attempt to collect the user data, and send it to a remote server.
Well, i hope this thread has served as a reminder to all for keeping updated and secure with Android phones and using alternative android app marketplaces. If possible, avoid using non-google android app market places. Also, make use of mobile security apps like "Lookout"
Lookout is a free mobile application that helps protect your Android device by scanning installed apps for possible malware and privacy issues. It updates regularly to learn of new malware/virus threats.