Android Market App Cull

Google Remove Over 50 Malicious Apps from Android Market

Jessica Thornsby

Google acknowledge that over 50 apps in the Android Market have been infected with ‘DroidDream’ malware.

Google have removed over 50 apps from the Android Market, after it was discovered these apps were infected with “DroidDream” malware. According to the Google Mobile blog, infected apps take advantage of known vulnerabilities which do not affect Android versions 2.2.2 or higher. Google have also posted that attackers have gathered “device-specific” information from affected devices, which includes codes used to identify mobile devices and the version of Android running on the infected device, but “given the nature of the exploits, the attacker(s) could access other data.” The Android Police have also written about an infected app’s ability to download further code, in a post that referred to DroidDream as “the mother of all Android malware.”

Google will begin remotely removing the malicious applications from affected devices and will push an Android Market security update to affected devices, which should undo the exploits and prevent the attackers from accessing anymore information form the device.

A list of affected apps can be viewed at the Lookout blog.

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