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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Trojan Infected Android App Warning



Symantec is warning of a new Trojan virus on the Android marketplace. The app is disguised as an app called Walk and Text, which normally just allows users to see through their camera while they type text messages. The compromised version is stealing data as well as sending out text messages to users contact lists.

The Trojan infected version of the app the steals data from the phone such as: phone number and UID (Unique Identifier) and dumps it on an hidden server. The syphoning of data isn’t new to Android malware, however the other part of the Trojans attack is new.

The ‘other part’ I mentioned is the virus’ ability to send out text messages to a users contact list. In the past Android malware has been quiet, but this new virus is making itself known by sending out a message saying: “Hey, just downloaded a pirated App off the internet, Walk and Text for Android. I’m stupid and cheap, it costed only 1 buck. Don’t steal like I did”

Symantec has classified the Trojan as a low level threat and says that the Walkinwat (their name for the virus) is fairly benign because it doesn’t have the same level of sophistication as other Android malware.

Source: Computer World

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