updated 09:35 pm EDT, Tue May 31, 2011
Malware spotted in 20 titles in Android Market
Several months after Google pulled a long list of titles from the Android Market to help protect users against Malware, the platform has reportedly been targeted by a fresh scam. Security software company NetQin claims to have found malware contained in over 20 Android apps, causing devices to auto-dial phone numbers or send text messages that lead to unwanted fees.
The malware, referred to as BaseBridge, is said to be attached to legitimate applications, installing itself after users are asked to upgrade. Aside from the auto-dialing capabilities, the malicious code is also credited with blocking fee notifications from carriers. Handsets utilizing 360 Safeguard reportedly show false warning notifications that the software tool is not running properly.
The list of infected apps includes titles such as QQ Doudizhu, Voice SMS, Drag Racing, Trader, Donkey Jump, Jungle Monkey and Gold Miner, among others. [via SecurityWeek]