New Android malware to be aware of
New android malware found
A bit of news we gleaned from CNET and Lookout is that there is a new peice of android malware to be aware of and watch out for. Security firm Lookout have recently found that an old peice of malware has been modified that it takes control without any user interaction. The malware is named LeNa and originally masqueraded as a legitimate application and attempted to trick users into activating its malicious payload by invoking the SU utility, which is used by “rooted” users to selectively grant superuser privileges to applications that request them.
Its not belived to be in the Google Play market at this time but its worth keeping an eye on what applications you download. It was recently seen in an app that proported to be the new Angry Birds Space app but you would see it comes from an unknown or fifferent publisher.
If installed to a phone it will redirect your market to a Chinese alternative app store, Im assuming to make the owners money.
Heres some advice from Lookout on how to stay safe
- Be alert for unusual behaviors on your phone, which could indicate that your phone is infected. These behaviors may include strange charges to your phone bill, unusual SMS or network activity, or application activities that launch when your device is locked.
- Always check the permissions an app requests. Use common sense to ensure that the permissions an app requests match the features the app provides and remember to look at the developer name, reviews and star ratings.
- Only download apps from trusted sources, such as reputable app stores and download sites.
- Download a mobile security app for your phone that scans every app you download to ensure it’s safe. Lookout users automatically receive protection against this Trojan.
Please bear in mind although once installed it desnt require any additional control it does need to be installed by the user, so make sure you stick to the Google Play store and official channels for your aspps and dont download anything that seems suspicious.