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Topic: Lookout Identifies Another 34 Malware Apps At The Android Market  (Read 2535 times)
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« on: June 02, 2011, 09:49:56 am »

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Back in March, a number of potentially dangerous apps were found in the Android Market that had the ability to root your phone and proceed to steal personal information.  What the developer behind them was doing, was looking for some of the more popular apps in the market, downloading and repackaging them with malware, and then uploading them to the market.  They were essentially duplicates that were difficult to spot to the average user.  The group of apps were dubbed “DroidDream” and were thought to be all but wiped out – and this weekend happened.

Our pals over at Lookout Security were tipped to another batch of apps that were posing a similar threat which they are now calling “DroidDreamLight” or DDLight.  Around 34 applications and 6 developers made the list which we have for you below.  I’d suggest that you take a quick look through them all and then browse through the app list on your phone to make sure you are clean.

And I hate that we have to do this, but again, to avoid these types of problems you need to be a little more careful when downloading apps.  If the app has only been downloaded a few times, has a low rating, and is from a developer you have never heard of, you should probably avoid it.  If the app contains the words hot, sex, girls, or breasts you should probably avoid it.  If you are browsing for free “fake” versions of legitimate paid apps just know that you are opening yourself up to a bad time.  This isn’t rocket science – only download from reputable developers and you’ll be fine.

The full list of developers and apps is after the break. 

Developer:  Magic Photo Studio

    Sexy Girls: Hot Japanese
    Sexy Legs
    HOT Girls 4
    Beauty Breasts
    Sex Sound
    Sex Sound: Japanese
    HOT Girls 1
    HOT Girls 2
    HOT Girls 3

Developer:  Mango Studio

    Floating Image Free
    System Monitor
    Super StopWatch and Timer
    System Info Manager

Developer:  E.T. Tean

    Call End Vibrate

Developer:  BeeGoo

    Quick Photo Grid
    Delete Contacts
    Quick Uninstaller
    Contact Master
    Brightness Settings
    Volume Manager
    Super Photo Enhance
    Super Color Flashlight
    Paint Master

Developer:  DroidPlus

    Quick Cleaner
    Super App Manager
    Quick SMS Backup

Developer:  GluMobi

    Tetris
    Bubble Buster Free
    Quick History Eraser
    Super Compass and Leveler
    Go FallDown !
    Solitaire Free
    Scientific Calculator
    TenDrip
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2011, 04:11:25 pm »

Please excuse my ignorance, but how is it even possible that an app that contains malware, spyware, viruses, etc. ever gets placed in the Android Market to begin with?
 
Is there no one that checks out all items on the Market (including “updates”) before they get published, listed, and become available for users to download?
 
Who exactly runs the “Market” anyway?
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2011, 06:51:21 pm »

All of those are very good questions indeed. It seems like there's nothing that checks apps before they are placed on the live servers for download (and if there is, it's not very well done). I've even seen some apps that were obviously stolen and have been there since last year with no intervention from anyone to remove them. Sad.

People need to pay attention to what they are downloading.... read the reviews and possibly even research an app before they download it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_Market

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