Here’s where having a heavily guarded application approval process comes in handy.
Today Google removed
21 50 apps from its almost restriction-free app market. Though the apps were removed just minutes after Google was informed of the threat by AndroidPolice, the harmful downloads — from developers named KingMall2010, Myournet, and we20090202 , according to Lookout Mobile — were already installed on at least 50,000 smart phones or tablets.
The scrubbed apps contained the DroidDream Trojan, a virus that gains root access to the phone and sends out personal data like carrier and device details.
What’s worse, this trojan was modified to download and install code from an unknown source without the user’s knowledge. That means the hacker could have installed software that performs any number of tasks like gather login information from your browser and apps, or send access to things like email passwords, bank account information, or credit card details across the web.
In some instances, the hacker played on Android users’ penny-pinching habits. Malware makers downloaded existing apps, toyed with the code, and re-uploaded them to the Android Market with similar but slightly off names. Guitar Solo Lite, a free version of a guitar app called Solo, was downloaded, packaged with the virus, and sent back into the wild as Guitar Solo Lite. See a list of the other 20 harmful apps below.
In the meanwhile, it may be time to downloaded an Android security app like LookOut Mobile or BullGuard Mobile.
Check out Android Police and Lookout Mobile for more a few list of threats and more details.