AegisLab, a Taiwanese security firm, has discovered 11 Android apps containing Malware that automatically sends text messages to numbers based in China. The text messages then covertly sign the victims up for paid subscription services.
Google has gotten rid of these apps, which were published form “zsone,” from the official Android Market. Researchers at the security firm, Kaspersky Lab, say it’s possible that the malware affects more than the 11 apps that were investigated.
On Tuesday (May 10), the IT company Juniper Networks released a paper that found that malware specifically targeting Android devices has jumped 400 percent since last summer. Juniper reports that the “vast majority” of smart phone users, including Android users, don’t have any anti-virus software on their phones and don’t check if the apps they download are legitimate. This just goes to show that smart phones do have serious disadvantages.
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