Three new malware strains infect 20k apps, impossible to wipe, only affect Android

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  • Reply 161 of 166
    jfanningjfanning Posts: 3,390member
    capasicum wrote: »
    Well, Google gets quite creative when reporting numbers, as I already mentioned. So, unless any of them (Gatorguy/Gwydion/other) works at Google and is an executive who has exact numbers, they cannot prove Daniel wrong.

    Google reports their numbers exactly the same way as Apple, their Play Store activity, how are they creative?
  • Reply 162 of 166
    Most of the Android malware comes about when people download apps from 3rd parties. You would think that people would only download from trusted sites.
  • Reply 163 of 166
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    Originally Posted by SecureThoughtsC View Post



    Most of the Android malware comes about when people download apps from 3rd parties. You would think that people would only download from trusted sites.



    That is the difference between Apple and Google. Both know what will going to happen if users are allowed to do that on a mass scale, so the former chooses not to allow that to happen, while the latter does nothing apart from repeating "installing 3rd party apps has a higher chance of getting malware".

  • Reply 164 of 166
    Thanks for the article Daniel. Netflix app, Hulu, or BBC is great on Android. If live outside USA, you can use tools like UnoTelly to get Netflix (or Hulu, or BBC, etc) on your Android.
  • Reply 165 of 166
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,904member
    A batch of 13 "games" has been removed from the Play Store, each using the Brain Test (Shedun, Shuanet and ShiftyBug) exploit to garner favorable app ratings for their clients. If you aren't already "rooted" they are not capable of doing it for you so they're relatively benign. It can't run the shell-script. If you did "root" your Android phone (why folks do I've no idea) and also installed any of the thirteen then to be on the safe side wipe and re-flash a factory ROM (or buy an iPhone LOL). While these particular apps aren't dangerous per-se, the malware would appear to be capable of more than has been seen so far.  The Lookout blog article is here:

    https://blog.lookout.com/blog/2016/01/06/brain-test-re-emerges/


    edited January 2016
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