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Google has yet again removed some malware applications from its Android Marketplace. This spyware does not attempt to root Android phones but instead is designed to be stealthy by running the payload under the radar.
The apps managed to survive in the market for about two months because of their stealthy nature and their use of names that used Angry Birds' popularity. Some of the names were - Angry Birds RioUnlocker v1.0, Angry Birds Multi User v1.00 or Angry Birds Cheater Trainer Helper V2.0. Google had remotely removed some apps in early March also.
To all the Angry Birds fans playing the extremely popular game on your Android phone, beware of any Angry Birdsapplication add-ons. Google has removed at least 10 apps from the Android Market which contain malicious code. The malware was found in apps pretending to be cheats or add-ons for Angry Birds.
The problem with Android apps, unlike with iPhone apps, is that the Android Market doesn’t vet its apps. Xuxian Jiang, an assistant professor of computer science at North Carolina State University, found the malicious apps last week. Some of those apps were infected with the spyware program Plankton. Webroot analysts Andrew Brandt and Amanda Orozco found Plankton was zeroing in on Angry Birds.
Some of the apps in question were Angry Birds Rio Unlocker v1.0, Angry Birds Multi User v1.00 and Angry Birds Cheater Trainer Helper V2.0. The apps actually install additional code onto your phone which gives remote access and control of the handset to whoever created the malicious apps. Back in March, Google removed about 60 apps from the Android Market for malware concerns.
A number of the identified infections contained the Plankton spyware program, which uploads users' browsing details to a remote server without their permission. The infections were first observed by Xuxian Jiang, an assistant professor of computer science at North Carolina State University. Last month saw Angry Birds reach 200 million downloads globally.
By. Android Phone Tips