Malware went undiscovered for weeks on Google Play
Wonder what Google will have to say regarding this.
Security researchers have discovered malware hosted on the Google Play marketplace that went weeks undetected masquerading as games.
Android.Dropdialer, a Trojan that sends costly text messages to premium-rate phone numbers in Eastern Europe, had gone undiscovered for two weeks in the form of two game titles, Symantec researcher Irfan Asrar wrote in a blog post yesterday. The two games — “Super Mario Bros.” and “GTA 3 – Moscow city” — were uploaded to Google Play on June 24 and generated 50,000 to 100,000 downloads, Asrar said.
“What is most interesting about this Trojan is the fact that the threat managed to stay on Google Play for such a long time, clocking up some serious download figures before being discovered,” Asrar wrote. “Our suspicion is that this was probably due to the remote payload employed by this Trojan.”
The Trojan’s authors avoided detection during Google Play’s automated screening process by breaking up the malware into separate, staged payloads, Asrar said. Once downloaded and installed from Google Play, the apps would download an additional package for installation that sent the text messages.
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Posted on July 12, 2012, in Google, malware, Security breach, Smart Phone and tagged Google, malware, Super Mario Bros., Symantec, Trojan Horses, Uploading and downloading. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Malware went undiscovered for weeks on Google Play.