Millions of Android Users Might have Hit by New Malware Attack

If you are one of those million Android users, you will certainly be in trouble regarding security concerns. This is one of the major threats that cause difficulties for those favoring open systems compared to closed systems like iOS and App Store. With open systems, it is hard to keep security tight.

The Android users are now up to another security threat, with Symantec claiming that 13 apps from 3 developers could possibly be collecting data and performing tasks secretly without the knowledge of users.

While speaking to CompterWorld, Symantec said that malicious apps have been available for download for over a month, most of which are available through Android Market. Shockingly, Symantec thinks that over five million Android devices could possibly be running these applications, with nasty chunks of code, named as Android.Counterchunk.

If the provided numbers are precise then this could be one of the biggest security risks to Android users until the present time – undoubtedly, a big blow to the search giant.

The three developers involved in releasing malicious applications include, iApps7, Ogre Games and redmicapps. Symantec, perhaps rightly, assumes that the three developers are there to deliberately spread malware to Android users.

Following is given a list of suspicious applications:

  • Counter Elite Force
  • Counter Strike Ground Force
  • CounterStrike Hit Enemy
  • Heart Live Wallpaper
  • Hit Counter Terrorist
  • Stripper Touch girl
  • Balloon Game
  • Deal & Be Millionaire
  • Wild Man
  • Pretty women lingerie puzzle
  • Sexy Girls Photo Game
  • Sexy Girls Puzzle
  • Sexy Women Puzzle

A user of ‘Deal & Be Millionaire’ happens to have noticed something strange while operating the application. He wrote a review on the Android Market which indicates something odd:

“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.”

Now the question arises, whether the search giant will take any immediate actions to remove the malevolent applications and developers from the Android Market. We have instances from the past where Google has taken strict actions against the offending applications. This time it seems that the matter is little more serious as Symantec is involved in exposing the security threats Android users are facing. This could be a huge warning for the search giant.

In case you have downloaded and install any of these apps, we suggest you to get rid of these malicious applications as soon as possible to ensure your data security.

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