26 Malware Apps Discovered on Android Market; Over 100K Users Affected

According to Lookout Mobile Security report, "over 100,000 Android users may have been affected by malicious apps, as 26 more malware programs have been identified on Android Market."The security firm followed up tips from legitimate developers who had noticed that their apps were being redistributed with modified code, and subsequently discovered a new stripped-down version […]

According to Lookout Mobile Security report, "over 100,000 Android users may have been affected by malicious apps, as 26 more malware programs have been identified on Android Market."

The security firm followed up tips from legitimate developers who had noticed that their apps were being redistributed with modified code, and subsequently discovered a new stripped-down version of the same DroidDream code, which they've since dubbed "Droid Dream Light".

According to Lookout, "once installed on a user's device, the user doesn't even have to open the apps for their device to be at risk; the code can be activated by an external triggering event, such as an incoming voice call, which then prompts the device to send data to a remote server, such as the IMEI number and information about installed programs."

The firm has already informed Google of its discoveries, which has resulted in the offending apps being withdrawn from the Market.

Google may choose to activate its "app kill switch" to remotely wipe the problem programs from users' devices, but for now, check the list below of the infected apps:

Magic Photo Studio

  • Sexy Girls: Hot Japanese
  • Sexy Legs
  • HOT Girls 4
  • Beauty Breasts
  • Sex Sound
  • Sex Sound: Japanese
  • HOT Girls 1
  • HOT Girls 2
  • HOT Girls 3

Mango Studio

  • Floating Image Free
  • System Monitor
  • Super StopWatch and Timer
  • System Info Manager

E.T. Tean

  • Call End Vibrate

BeeGoo

  • Quick Photo Grid
  • Delete Contacts
  • Quick Uninstaller
  • Contact Master
  • Brightness Settings
  • Volume Manager
  • Super Photo Enhance
  • Super Color Flashlight
  • Paint Master

DroidPlus

  • Quick Cleaner
  • Super App Manager
  • Quick SMS Backup

[Source: Lookout]