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According to Symantec, 13 apps from three developers—many in the official Android Market—have been carrying malicious chunks of code called Android.Counterclank, and are suspected of running on as many as five million phones, stealing info and running ads against the will of the device’s owner.

ComputerWorld, speaking to Symantec, learned that the apps have been downloadable for over a month, and Symantec calls it the biggest android malware outbreak to date.

Some of the 13 apps that Symantec identified as infected have been on the Android Market for at least a month, according to the revision dates posted on the e-store. Symantec, however, discovered them only yesterday.

Users had noticed something fishy before then.

“The game is decent … but every time you run this game, a ‘search icon gets added randomly to one of your screens,” said one user on Jan. 16 after downloading “Deal & Be Millionaire,” one of the 13. “I keep deleting the icon, but it always reappears. If you tap the icon you get a page that looks suspiciously like the Google search page.”


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Clueless users shouldn't enable 3rd party app installs on their device. That fixes most of the issues right there.
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Clueless users shouldn't enable 3rd party app installs on their device. That fixes most of the issues right there.

so much of this. thumb.gif
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Clueless users shouldn't enable 3rd party app installs on their device. That fixes most of the issues right there.

Yeah, but these are in the official market, and the option you mentioned deals with sideloading or using non-google Markets.
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nooooo! all my android devices are now infected! eek.gif

lol jk, but it's sad they somehow got into the official market...
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lookout security says its not malware. idk, symantec is known to give out false alarms.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9223786/Lookout_Security_rebuts_rival_s_Android_malware_claims
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I'm betting that Symantec programmed 70% of those attacks.
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lookout security says its not malware. idk, symantec is known to give out false alarms.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9223786/Lookout_Security_rebuts_rival_s_Android_malware_claims

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I'm betting that Symantec programmed 70% of those attacks.

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lookout security says its not malware. idk, symantec is known to give out false alarms.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9223786/Lookout_Security_rebuts_rival_s_Android_malware_claims

Yup, Symatec is trying to sensationalize to its a pretty shady add model the devs are using with the push adds and planting stuff on your home screens but its not malware. It is why you should look at the permissions when you install anything.
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